London, England -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/01/2015 -- Interior Supply, a seller of contemporary furniture in the UK, has reacted to news that the UK government has announced a 2020 deadline to make manufacturing and the sale of copied mass-produced designs against the law.
The long awaited law is set to take effect as of 6 April 2020 and will see furniture pieces protected in much the same way as music, video and books currently are.
As it stands at the moment, registered designs receive only 25 years of protection. But the upcoming change will mean that such designs are kept protected for 70 years after the designer's death.
Interior Supply often share their thoughts on industry related news and responded positively to the announcement.
A representative for the company said: "Most countries in Europe have had something similar in place for a number of years now so it's great to see that the UK is finally recognising that furniture, like any other work of art, should be given proper copyright protection.
"As a seller of contemporary furniture, with a portfolio which includes some of the best décor in Europe, we know from experience that there are a number of imitation products out there and it's a real shame to see the hard work of leading European furniture designers undone by copy-cat manufacturers without regard for quality or originality.
"At Interior Supply, we're committed to supplying authentic pieces from globally recognised sellers such as Cassina, Dom Edizioni, Fendi Casa, Lema and more."
The law changes were first outlined in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 but the government was hesitant to bring it into effect immediately, expressing fear that many businesses in the UK would be affected for the worse by an immediate change in law.
Lucy Neville-Rolfe, intellectual property minister, stated: "Great design forms an integral part of our lives whether it be architecture, jewellery or home furnishings. Both cutting-edge designs and those that have stood the rest of time continue to be in high demand and we need to ensure designers have an appropriate incentive to create. But currently these artistic designs lose copyright protection after 25 years if they have been mass produced. This is unfair in comparison to other artistic works, like literature and music, which are protected for the life of the creator and 70 years.
"Having listened carefully to the views of designers and businesses, the Government has made the decision to implement the change in law in April 2020. When this happens, we hope the change will bring rewards for British designers and encourage a new generation to innovate and grow."
About Interior Supply
Interior Supply is located in London and have a wide portfolio of professional contemporary furniture from a number of leading European manufacturers. For more information on their products, visit www.interiorsupply.co.uk
Company name: Interior Supply
Tel: 0207 352 0502
Contact person: Jonathan Farrer
Address: 2/15 Chelsea Harbour