In Pursuit of Clarity: The Conundrum of CAD and Copyright – Seeking Direction Through Case Law

Authors: Mendis, D.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31018/

Journal: European Intellectual Property Review

Publisher: Sweet and Maxwell

ISSN: 0142-0461

Through the application of selected statutes and case law drawn from the United Kingdom (UK), this paper will explore the copyright status of three-dimensional design files and will particularly question whether they can be protected as literary and / or artistic works. In responding to this question, the paper highlighting gaps and challenges inherent in the law and adopts a ‘coherentist’ and ‘regulatory instrumentalist’ analysis in responding to the challenges and providing recommendations for the future.

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