How to claw back those whopping legal fees

An international convention of 150 countries couldn’t work out a set of rules governing copyright issues in the electronic age, so what chance do designers have?

Design Business Association chairman Jonathan Sands relates how he once attended a course run by his lawyers, which illustrated how technically savvy students had exploited loopholes to register the names of big companies as Internet addresses. Those companies then faced hefty fees to use their own names on their Websites.

“The next day I thought of registering the name of our lawyer. It would have been quite a wheeze,” says Sands. Well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

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