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design the same UK copyright protection as is currently granted to works of literature, drama, music, film and art i.e. 70 years after the death of the originating author/s.” In stark contrast, registered design works are currently covered


for only 25 years from


date of issue. Why shouldn’t design have the same protection?


The


petition states, “The hypocrisy of current copyright laws promotes the UK as a default ‘safe harbour’ for


an original piece of Mid Century furniture, be aware that there are a lot of fakes out there. If you see something being offered at a knock down price, it probably is too good to be true. Check for the makers mark, otherwise you could be stuck with an item of poor quality. Go for items made under licence - for example, by Vitra or Knoll - and buy from a reputable dealer.


If making or designing a piece of work with a Mid Century feel, I think


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it’s important to ensure we are giving it justice and not just copying the original designs for the sake of being on trend and “now.” It’s great to hark back to previous eras and designs, as long as the maker puts their own spin on it and makes something with a creative edge.


ELLE Decoration UK is currently petitioning the government to “afford the discipline of


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