HC Deb 19 October 1972 vol 843 cc135-6W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will consider proposing the amendment of Section 9 of the Copyright Act, 1956, to draw a distinction between mechanical drawings and models as artistic works and the assertion of rights more extensive than those attributed to them as registered designs under the Design Copyright Act, 1968.

with his Department's interest in the last two years; and under what legislation such aid was granted.

Mr. Anthony Grant

The information for the last two financial years is as follows:

Mr. Noble

I am considering whether industrial designs, such as three dimensional reproductions of mechanical drawings, for which no protection is available under the Registered Designs Act, 1949, should enjoy more extensive protection under the Copyright Act, 1956, as amended by the Design Copyright Act, 1968, than they would have enjoyed had they been registrable under the Registered Designs Act. I propose in the immediate future, to obtain the views of bodies representing industry on this.