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posted by CoolHand on Monday December 14 2015, @02:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the tightening-the-screws dept.

The United Kingdom is holding a consultation as to when a provision of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 should take effect. Copyright in works of artistic craftsmanship—utilitarian objects (even if mass-produced) which are deemed artistic—shall be extended. Currently, the copyright lasts for 25 years after an item is first offered for sale; the new term will be for the life of the creator, then another 70 years. This means that some works which are now in the public domain will become copyrighted. Publishers of derivative works of such items, for example a book or film in which a work of artistic craftsmanship was photographed, will be obliged to obtain permissions, except for uses which fall under fair dealing.

The provisions may come into effect as soon as 2016, or as late as five years hence, depending on the outcome of the consultation.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 15 2015, @01:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 15 2015, @01:00PM (#276622)

    Egyptian pharaohs were thought to be Gods simply because they lived and survived past so many generations of slaves.

    new term will be for the life of the creator, then another 70 years.

    Imagine if the life extension stuff succeeds...

    I wonder what the penalty would be for illegally copying it and how much the rich will pay for it and how they will afford to pay for it ;).