This section refers to the historical development of Copyright Law prior to the introduction of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

It covers out-of-date legislation, and is included for the sake of completeness of the archive – it is not concerned with current copyright law.

Between Thought and an Expression

Two different copyright queries have been received, the responses to which should prove interesting and informative. “I was recently commissioned to produce a set of line drawings for a company who wa …

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Public Images

‘Public image, you got what you wanted, public image belongs to me, it’s my entrance, my own creation.’* This week I was approached by Recession Pictures who, despite having a name fresh from Britain …

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Dear Henry…

The recent articles on copyright brought the following correspondence, (genuinely received, but here suitably disguised to safeguard the artists concerned), which provides useful and intriguing illust …

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Copyright: A Suitable Case for Reform

Old Copyright law. ‘Who is going to achieve change? Not the Arts Council, not the RAAs, not the artists’ groups, not the arts organisations not the art schools, not the dealers and collectors; not any …

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When I Paint my Masterpiece

Dear Henry, Recently I was amazed to see a portrait I had painted reproduced photographically on a poster in the city where I live. I managed to acquire a copy of the poster and saw that it was offere …

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Self-Expression and the Law

On Tuesday 25 October 1977 Kerry Trengove was sealed inside a 15ft x 10ft breeze block bunker on the ground floor of the Acme Gallery in Covent Garden. He then dug a 3ft-sq. hole to a depth of 3.5ft a …

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Worldwide, and Droit Moral

Copyright protection in the United Kingdom was dealt with last month, by explaining the nature of copyright (it only applies to ‘artistic works’ and ‘works of artistic craftsmanship’); who owns the co …

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Copyright Protection Abroad

Copyright protection in the United Kingdom was dealt with last month, by explaining the nature of copyright (it only applies to ‘artistic works’ and ‘works of artistic craftsmanship’); who owns the co …

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DACS

‘New society for visual artists to protect their copyright and collect their copyright dues in the UK and worldwide.’ No kidding; and, what’s more, it’ll only cost £15 per year! The purpose of this pi …

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Holography

Twentieth-century visual artists’ propensity for introducing modern technology into their creative processes not only poses problems for traditionally-minded perceivers, but also in other even more co …

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