Consumers caught out as UK firms furnished with crippling copyright laws

  The website of Voga, Britain’s foremost replica furniture importer, boasts that the firm “was created to make great design accessible to all”, before adding: “The greatest mid-century furniture designs are back where they belong: in your homes.” Except they’re not. They are in fact in a warehouse in County Kildare where, unless the UK […]

Trunki v Kiddee: battle over children’s luggage reaches supreme court

Ewan Grist, a specialist intellectual property lawyer at law firm Bird & Bird, said the case was “likely to have profound implications in the design world, whichever way the supreme court rules”. Rob Law, founder of Magmatic, led a #ProtectYourDesign campaign on Twitter to call for a further appeal to the supreme court and promote […]

Right to be forgotten: Swiss cheese internet, or database of ruin?

Imagine, 25 years ago, someone telling you: we really need to redress this massive social ignorance that, when you meet someone for the first time, you don’t know everything about them. What we ought to do is assemble a giant database. On everyone. Brilliant idea. But there are a couple of provisos, they add. This […]

Uber and the lawlessness of ‘sharing economy’ corporates

As allegedly “innovative” firms increasingly influence our economy and culture, they must be held accountable for the power they exercise. Otherwise, corporate nullification will further entrench a two-tier system of justice, where individuals and small firms abide by one set of laws, and mega-firms create their own regime of privilege for themselves and power over […]