Could Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons End Up in Jail? New Copyright Law

by Eileen Kinsella

Have you been following the increasingly alarming changes to copyright provisions?

Europe seems to be leading the way, though backwards, in what amounts to an attack on the viability of museums, publishers and art-related businesses to work with artists and estates on reproduction rights. It also threatens artists, too, criminalizing appropriation when it is considered a copyright violation.

Art museums and publishers are currently trying to work out how to respond to the new British copyright law, which goes into effect in 2020 and effectively makes it more expensive to reproduce images in publications and on goods offered in museum shops.

But what’s got everyone really worried is that the new regulation makes copyright breach in Britain a criminal, rather than a civil, offense. That is not just out of proportion but totally and utterly insane.


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