This week theÂ Enterprise and Regulatory Reform BillÂ has again passed through the House of Lords. Proposed changes may see the removal of section 52 of theÂ Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988, which deals with the exploitation of design derived from an artistic work.
Currently under theÂ CDPA 1988Â designs may be freely producedÂ for 25 yearsÂ after being created, after the changes come into effect, the copyright in a design shall be extendedÂ to the life of the author (the person that created the work) plus an additional 70 years. It has been suggested that giving the extra protection to designs will in turn positively encourage British designers, leading to more manufacturing and hence create more jobs.
Conversely it is being argued that although the changes are good news for designers they shall cause a whole load of complications for others, in particular professor of intellectual property at Cambridge University Lionel Bentley commented that although the new changes were beneficial for designers, a lot of people had been critically overlooked including lecturers teaching design, museums and book publishers as they will now have to seek permission before using certain works.