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George Hensher v Retawile Upholstery

[1976] AC 64

Case summary last updated at 28/01/2020 17:54 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case George Hensher v Retawile Upholstery

C developed and sold a prototype suite of furniture with a particular design. D manufactured a similar suite of furniture, which C alleged infringed copyright in C’s suite as artistic works. C claimed that their suite of furniture was a ‘work of artistic craftsmanship’. Held:
·        C’s suite of furniture was not a work of artistic craftsmanship.
·        Fact that something looks nicedoes not make it ‘artistic’
Varying tests as to what is ‘artistic’ offered by judges 

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