WaterRower: Has the UK’s approach to ‘artistic works’ in copyright changed?

Author: Jeremy Blum (Bristows LLP) and Sara Sefton (Bristows LLP)
Published: 05.10.2022
It seems inevitable that UK copyright law will change at some stage. It increasingly appears that judges are waiting for a case which requires the inconsistencies between EU and UK copyright law to be addressed. Unfortunately, the recent decision in WaterRower v Liking [2022] EWHC 2084 (IPEC) was not that case, despite many reporting in the aftermath of the decision that UK copyright has been extended to protect a rowing machine as a ‘work of artistic craftsmanship’.  The decision, which relates to a strike out application, did not actually go so far as to make a finding on whether the…