Is the rise of ‘replica’ furniture killing local creativity and manufacturing – what can be done about it?
When a fake ROLEX or Louis Vuitton handbag is universally considered to be a ‘copy’ – why is fake designer furniture called ‘replica’?
If it’s illegal to download a bit torrent movie or a book – why is it legal in Australia to copy original designer furniture and lighting?
Despite unprecedented demand for fake designer furniture, Australia lags behind European counterparts with intellectual property protection for product designers, and the term ‘replica’ presently allows companies to manufacture and sell copies of original designs, resellers going as far as using the original creator’s name in marketing.
How would you react if your work was plagiarised?
A panel of award-winning designers join major retailers to explore what can be done to protect the future of the Australian design community in constructive discussion on a burning industry topic.
MODERATED by design journalist / curator – Anne-Maree Sargeant
DAVID TRUBRIDGE – internationally acclaimed designer (via Skype)
SARAH GIBSON – designer & co-founder of DESIGN BY THEM
ANTHONY COLLINS, MD Stylecraft – founding member of Authentic Design Alliance
CHRIS ROUND, K&L GATES – intellectual property lawyer
A constructive discussion on how designers can protect their design IP.
STYLECRAFT – 225 Liverpool Street, Sydney
Tuesday June 2nd // 6.00-8.00pm
Drinks served on arrival.
DIA / GA Early Bird – $30.00 // DIA accredited CPD points
General Admission – $40.00