Companies that specialise in producing designer furniture replicas at a fraction of the full price, are in danger of breaking new copyright & design laws.
Design rights have been extended to 70 years after the designers death (if created after 1957), so it is now viewed as a criminal offence to sell replicas of design icons without an expensive license.
Looks like those adverts for Eames chairs and stools in the Evening Standard may be ending soon...
McGrath is an early casualty of a change in British legislation which has made it a criminal offence to sell replicas of design icons without a pricey licence. The amendment to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, which came in to force in July, retrospectively extends the design rights to unregistered classic works created after 1957 from 25 years after their launch to 70 years after the designer’s death. This sounds the death knell for affordable replicas of 20th-century bestsellers such as the Arco floor lamp and Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair and threatens to put scores of companies that supply them out of business.