Changes in UK IP Law

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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-2013, which has now been passed, introduces a number of changes to UK IP law, including extending the duration of copyright protection for artistic works from 25 years to 70 years after the creator’s death.  In particular, this will bring back into copyright certain well-known furniture designs which replica furniture companies have been copying for years.  The Bill also provides for the introduction of new copyright exceptions such as for private copying and fair dealing, and provisions relating to orphan works and extended collective licensing.

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