Copyright (in design) post-Brexit: should section 52 CDPA 1988 be reinstated?

Porangaba, L. H. (2022) Copyright (in design) post-Brexit: should section 52 CDPA 1988 be reinstated? European Intellectual Property Review, 44(1), pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

This response submitted to public consultation argues that s.52 of the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act should be reinstated, thereby limiting the term of copyright protection in industrially applied artistic works to 25 years. Particularly, Brexit calls for a reassessment of the objectives which the s.52 repeal sought to pursue—namely, a perceived need to ensure clarity and consistency with EU law—as those objectives may no longer be aligned with the interests or priorities of the UK. This is considered by the response within the context of freedom of competition and innovation, with concerns being raised in relation to the (cumulative) protection of product design. Additionally, UK court decisions assimilating recent ECJ jurisprudence on copyright subsistence suggest an expansion of protectable subject matter affecting previously unregulated creative industries such as fashion, which may warrant further analysis of the potential benefits of s.52 .

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Porangaba, Dr Luis
Authors: Porangaba, L. H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:European Intellectual Property Review
Publisher:Sweet & Maxwell
ISSN:0142-0461
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Thomson Reuters
First Published:First published in European Intellectual Property Review 44(1): 1-4
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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