Until recently, many mid century design classics were not protected by copyright. So anyone could sell “Eames style” chairs or “Tolix” reproduction stools, without fear of any come back.
But recently the UK law has changed, so that copyright is now 70 years from the death of the designer, instead of 25 years from the date of the design.
What do you think? Is this the death knoll to affordable design (replicas) for all? Or a reasonable way to protect the work of the creative industries?