Famous designer furniture or lighting can seem timeless, but the underlying designs are subject to copyright in Germany for 70 years after the author or creator dies. Exclusive licensees, which can be famous manufacturers of quality furniture in their own right, have a reason to sell their goods at notably high prices—they have to pay a licence until the copyright expires.
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