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End-to-end copyright—the recent Beatrix Potter discovery

End-to-end copyright—the recent Beatrix Potter discovery
Published on: 08 February 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • End-to-end copyright—the recent Beatrix Potter discovery
  • What is the copyright situation?
  • What is the background to the finding of the 'new' Beatrix Potter book?
  • Since death was more than 70 years ago, what is the copyright position now?
  • When published, the work will contain text, illustrations by Quentin Blake and possibly the original illustration of Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter—what is the position regarding the copyright term of all of the works contained in the published book?
  • What can practising lawyers learn from the situation?
  • What is the term?
  • What happens in relation to edge cases?
  • Set out the facts!

Article summary

IP & IT analysis: Last week, Penguin Random House announced that they had unearthed a manuscript for a book called The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, by Beatrix Potter, the well-known and much loved author of Peter Rabbit. Tristan Sherliker, an IP solicitor at EIP Legal, explains how the situation came about, what it means from an IP perspective, and what lawyers can learn from these unusual facts. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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