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Artists Resale Right

Living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a resale royalty each time their work is sold.

The charge applies to the sale of original works of art made via transactions conducted by both dealers and auctioneers.


Statement in response to Artist’s Resale Right postcard campaign

02 July 2012

Below is the full text of the statement made by Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on June 14, 2012.

Government's inadequate response to Resale Right campaign

19 June 2012

COMMENT: As reported last week, the postcard campaign launched by art dealer Niall Fairhead in a bid to raise the threshold for the Artist's Resale Right has made progress, attracting more signatories for the online petition and eliciting answers from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

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ARR postcard campaign starts to hit home

12 June 2012

Close to 800 postcards in the Artist’s Resale Right campaign have already arrived at the Department of Culture, with more on the way.

US judge strikes out resale act

06 June 2012

A federal judge has declared the 1977 California Resale Royalty Act unconstitutional.

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Your chance to make a difference over Resale Right

10 May 2012

This week’s printed copy of ATG contains a postcard addressed to the Culture Secretary carrying the following message: “I oppose the extension of Artist’s Resale Right to works by deceased artists and request that the threshold which triggers it be raised from €1000 to €3000.”

Unclaimed resale right cash to be returned after six years

10 April 2012

THE Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) have announced that they will hand back undistributed Resale Right royalties after six years.

Dealers and auctioneers take up the cudgel over Artist’s Resale Right

30 January 2012

EVIDENCE that the trade is not taking the introduction of the beefed up Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) lightly is beginning to emerge.

EU impact study on Resale Right inconclusive

19 December 2011

THE European Commission Impact Study on the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) has not been able to establish how far the Right’s introduction is linked to the recent decline in the European art market.

Artists' Resale Right: something can still be done

12 December 2011

ALL may not be lost as the Artists' Resale Right is extended on January 1.

Auctioneers face class action over California resale right

31 October 2011

A GROUP of American artists have filed class action lawsuits against Christie’s and Sotheby’s complaining they have violated the 1976 California Resale Royalty Act.

Artists' agency seeks to revive resale right debate in the US

23 August 2011

As the spectre of droit de suite for artists’ heirs looms large over the British art market, the main copyright and licensing collecting agency in the United States is pushing to see the debate over artists’ resale rights revived on Capitol Hill.

The British art market needs the Government’s support right now

25 July 2011

ENCOURAGING words from Downing Street and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the past year gave us hope that finally something would be done about the impending threat to the British art market of the extension of the Artists’ Resale Right to the estates of artists who have been dead for less than 70 years.

SLAD survey confirms fears over Resale Right extension

18 July 2011

THE Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD) have reinforced the claim by the British Antique Dealers Association that the extension of the Artist’s Resale Right next year will have a significant effect on business.

Australian trade launch fight against Resale Right

07 February 2011

AUSTRALIAN dealers and auctioneers are joining forces to fight the current Artist’s Resale Right scheme introduced to the country seven months ago.

European Commission agree to Artist’s Resale Right study

25 October 2010

HAVING appeared to wash their hands of their obligation to undertake a study of the effect of the Artist’s Resale Right, the European Commission has finally agreed that they will look into the matter early in 2011.

‘Resale Right 2012 extension risks thousands of jobs’

05 July 2010

EXTENDING the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) to the estates of dead artists after 2012 poses a serious threat to the 60,000 jobs the UK art industry supports. That is the view of the view of the British Art Market Federation (BAMF), which is calling on Brussels to delay the move and allow all member states to adopt the derogation until ARR is accepted globally.

Directive may prove to be the key

05 July 2010

KEY to BAMF’s cause is the European Commission’s (EC) failure to follow the terms of its own Directive.

Outcry over delayed Artist’s Resale Right study grows

28 June 2010

THE Federation of European Art Gallery Associations has added its voice to the debate over the Artist’s Resale Right, demanding the European Commission carry out the promised impact study immediately.

EU to delay impact report on Artists' Resale Right

21 June 2010

THE European Commission has reneged on a legal undertaking to review the effects of the Artist’s Resale Right in the UK before it is extended to the estates of dead artists.

Australia reverses policy and adopts Artist’s Resale Right

07 December 2009

AUSTRALIA has reversed its previous government’s decision and introduced its own version of the Artist’s Resale Right.