Copyright changes set to 'decimate' illustrated publishing

Copyright changes set to 'decimate' illustrated publishing

Illustrated publishing stands to be “decimated” after recent changes in copyright law, industry figures are warning.

Publishers of books containing photos or illustrations of items such as furniture, architecture and jewellery could be forced to abandon stock to “fire sale”, or pulp titles, as early as next year, due to an unintended “knock-on effect” of revised copyright law made in response to lobbying from within the furniture industry.

A legal change made in 2013 to the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act (technically, the repeal of Section 52) is set to reinstate the full term of copyri...

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