The Stealing of Design: Copyright and Design Protection Law in Europe - A General Overview

By Kathrin Schürmann.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Design is multifaceted. There is architectural design, product design, furniture design, fashion design and many more. But what they have all in common is that a lot creative energy and also often a lot of time and money was invested to create a new design. Nevertheless in many cases the design is very easy to copy. Therefore it is very important to protect a design against deliberate copying and unauthorized usage.

This paper will give a short summary about the most relevant legal possibilities of design protection in Germany and in Europe: Copyright Law, Registred Community Design and Trademark Law. This is not a academic research paper but it allows interested design related people to get a general overview how to protect their works.

Keywords: Design, Law, Copyright, Trademarks

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.211-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.724MB).

Kathrin Schürmann

Berlin, Germany


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