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Commercial galleries

Artists resale rights

Whenever a musician sells a track, they receive a small payment, or royalty, from the transaction. When an artwork is resold on the secondary market by a gallery, dealer or auction house for over €1,000, the artist who made the work is owed a small percentage of the resale value as well.

Artlaw History

Law Online: Artquest

From April 2003, the Artlaw articles published in this column over the past 26 years will be available online at www.

On December 1 1996 a new intellectual property law was passed in the UK which will give galleries, museums, public and private collectors and exhibitors a new economic power over artworks in their possession: Publication Right.

Protecting copyright

Postmodern Artwork

Just like the proverbial long wait at the bus stop and then three buses come along at once, there has been a bumper crop of recent illuminating copyright lawsuits involving works by artists as diverse as Richard Prince, Chapman Kelley, and Marina Abramovic.

Basics of copyright

Art & Copyright

Most UK lawyers know little about intellectual property law, because it has never been a compulsory subject for professional qualification.

Basics of Working as an Artist

Commercial Dimensions

The UK's creative industries currently earn £112b a year according to statistics from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, representing a growth rate of 9% annually between 1997 and 2000 (compared to an average of 2.

Artists' Estates

The Dali Wrangle

Salvador Dali, a master of Surrealism died in 1989. A dozen or so years later his legacy has caused substantial legal problems of an equally surrealist nature.

Basics of Working as an Artist

Management Of Creativity 30 Years On

In October 1976 the first issue of Art Monthly carried the first Artlaw column. Have things improved, worsened, or stayed pretty much the same over the last 30 years?.



ArtlawTV is an ongoing series of short films commissioned by Artquest to explore many of the legal issues that artists face when making, showing, selling or distributing their work, presented through actual artistic practice.

In 1996 a new intellectual property right was introduced into UK law, in response to the EU Directive (legal requirement) to all Member States.