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A lawyer writes: Art world needs to be aware of stricter copyright definitions

22 January 2024

Recent Court of Appeal judgment confirms a more demanding test of when copyright applies

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A lawyer writes: Some day your Prince will come – but he could also lead to a long and complicated copyright court case

29 May 2023

A Supreme Court judgment involves intriguing questions of image rights.

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East London foundry first to sign up to new digital ‘hallmark’ for bronze sculptures

03 December 2019

Bronze Age Foundry in Limehouse, London, is the first foundry in the UK to adopt a new bronze hallmarking scheme.

A lawyer writes: Take care – copyright can cover contents

18 November 2019

Legal action by Duchess of Sussex highlights an issue of concern to the art world

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Museums face cash crisis over copyright

23 February 2015

Law change could cost millions and expose them to criminal charge risk as expired design rights come back into force and upgrade

Peers challenge change in law on copyright

04 February 2013

Peers in the House of Lords have made a last-ditch plea to the Government to scrap plans to review design rights under copyright law.

Copyright change a threat to arts firms, says expert

18 December 2012

A Bill going through the UK parliament concerning design copyright threatens to create significant obstacles for those wishing to publish catalogues when staging exhibitions in commercial galleries or museums, says a leading academic.

Striking a balance between artistic merit and function

18 December 2012

‘The Return of Industrial Copyright?’, as Professor Bently’s paper is titled, sets out how, for decades, UK law has struggled to establish a balance between artistic copyright, which arises naturally, and design protection, which depends on registration.

Copyright changes risk new era of disputes

02 July 2012

Proposals to extend copyright on some designs from 25 to 70 years could set off a whole new era of legal disputes.

Christie’s raise the stakes in Artprice claim

01 March 2010

AS court proceedings draw closer, Christie’s have upped their long-running damages claim against Artprice from 2m euros to a hefty 63m euros. The auction house originally filed the suit against the French art database in 2008, saying that the reproduction of e-catalogues on their website constitutes copyright and trademark infringement.

Lords ruling tightens law on copyright

04 December 2000

A HOUSE of Lords ruling in a copyright case tightening the rules on what constitutes an infringement could have a significant impact on the Contemporary art scene.