CopyrightWe all know that architectural plans and works of architecture are explicitly covered by copyright, but that definition surely cannot be extended to include soft furnishings or wall coverings, which in no way constitute the fabric of the building in which they are installed. Admittedly, the patterns on fabrics and wall coverings (Designers Guild comes to mind) may well be protected by copyright (as artistic works) but that would not extend to the complete interior design scheme. The design drawings for an interior design would certainly qualify as artistic works assuming they evidenced sufficient originality - an easy hurdle to overcome. But does that mean that section 17(3) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 would then apply to the finished room or interior space. Here's what the Act says:
(3) In relation to an artistic work copying includes the making of a copy in three dimensions of a two-dimensional work and the making of a copy in two dimensions of a three-dimensional work.