The Carpet Council have joined forces with ACID a not-for-profit trade association for designers and manufacturers. ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is the UK’s leading design and intellectual property campaigning organisation providing input and advice on copyright, Intellectual Property, design rights and copyright infringement.
Agreed Copyright Ownership
The ownership of the design is deemed legally as shared when the interior designer and manufacturer have jointly contributed towards the development of a design. However, typically the manufacturer claims design copyright as they have produced the designs into a format that can subsequently be manufactured as carpet or rugs. There are times when the interior designer is insistent about design ownership and that is something that is generally agreed between the parties. There are also instances when the interior designer may ask the manufacturer to ensure the design is not re-produced for anyone else and although the design copyright stays with the manufacturer there will be an agreement that states it cannot be re-made.