Practical tips on securing your design
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21 August 2012
Practical guidance on protecting your
designs- from an artistic perspective
Many designers express concerns that their designs will at some point
be copied, here are some practical steps to ensure that you can claim
1. Retain all drawings and sketches.
2. If you have worked on any developments, prototypes make sure you
keep these as well as all sources of inspiration.
3. If you believe your work has genuine artistic appeal - keep a note
on any design brief.
4. Date all drawings, get them witnessed and mark them with the
international copyright symbol.
5. Consider sending them to a Solicitor to retain.
6. Keep all press notices, correspondence and comments from a customer
What is an Artistic Work?
For a design to be capable of being an artistic work, the work must be
original and comprise of one of the following:-
1. A graphic work
2. a work of architecture, being a building or a model for a building;
3. a work of artistic craftsmanship
Copyright in an artistic work is dependent on originality. You must
have produced it independently by the expenditure of a substantial
amount of skill and labour - in short - anything goes providing it is
Michael Coyle is a Solicitor Advocate and can be contacted at
Lawdit Solicitors is a commercial law firm based in Southampton and
which specialises in Intellectual Property Law
About the Author
Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation,
commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We
are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual
Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the
International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of
Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the
largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-12-13 09:01:02 in Legal Articles