Copyright is arguably one of the most important pieces of international legislation that an artist needs to be aware of.

It protects their artworks (but, significantly, not their ideas) and forms the legal basis for licensing images of their work.  It is an automatic right that is not ‘registered’ or applied for, lasting for the full lifetime of the author / maker of the work and for 70 years after their death.

For completeness, articles relating to old copyright legislation are included in the Copyright before 1989 section.

Subsequent pieces consider copyright issues in relation to advertising and marketing, the emergence of computer picture libraries (1994) and of appropriation art (1995).

Numerous copyright infringement cases are reported, including: a successful US suit brought by the MC Escher Foundationunauthorised castings of Giacometti sculptures; the failure of the Bridgman Art Library to prevent a rival company copying and trading in their photographs of paintings; the Picasso Estate’s claims against the use of the artist’s name for a new make of Citroen car; and the case against the painter Glenn Brown for his alleged infringement of illustrator Anthony Roberts’s earlier work, which came to notice during the 2000 Turner Prize.

Copyright and Moral rights: New legislation (part 2)

Last month, we began to examine the new copyright law (contained in the Copyright Designs and Patents Act of 1988) which will come into force in May or June 1989 looked at the new (1988) arrangements… Continue Reading Copyright and Moral rights: New legislation (part 2)

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A Developing Global Framework

Copyright laws were created in direct response to the development of industrial technologies that enabled unique paintings and drawings to be copied and mechanically reproduced in multiple numbers. Th… Continue Reading A Developing Global Framework

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Three Short and Unrelated Matters

Three short and unrelated matters are tackled this month: Contractual Relationships, Public Lending Right and Solicitors’ Advertising. Paper Promises How many contracts have you made today? Bet you tr… Continue Reading Three Short and Unrelated Matters

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Stealing Ideas

Random House UK, publisher of The Da Vinci Code, is being sued, at the time of writing, in London’s High Court by two of three authors of a book (also published by Random House UK) from 1982, The Holy… Continue Reading Stealing Ideas

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