Half a dozen pieces over three decades mark the progress of artists’ resale royalty right legislation in Europe, California and the UK.

Artist Resale Right finally became law in the UK on 14 February 2006.

The resale royalty right gives artists the legal right to receive a small share of the resale price on the second and subsequent sales of their works, during their lives and for 70 years after death and, by 2012, the right will be given to the estates of artists who have died within the previous 70 years.

For current information on resale rights, and to claim your share, visit DACS.

Artist’s Resale Right: Ten Years After

‘It is a well known melancholy truth that the tribe of auctioneers, connoisseurs, and picture dealers have monopolised the trade of pictures, and made it a matter of ridicule to purchase any modern pr …

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Global Thinking

Artists’ bargaining power in the global art ecosystem is weak or non-existent because the vast majority operate as freelance solo practitioners and, unlike other creative artists, visual artists only …

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Enforcement

Henry Moore’s daughter Mary Moore together with Maggi Hambling recently attracted media attention by publicly voicing their concerns about the failure of UK-based art market professionals to pay the a …

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Artists Resale Right: 4th Year Report

February 2010 marks the fourth anniversary of the introduction into UK law of the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR). Invented by the French around a century ago, where is it known as droit de suite, ARR giv …

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Droit de Suite (1996)

On 13 March 1996 the European Commission published a proposal for a Directive to harmonise the law throughout the 15 member states of the European Union concerning artists’ resale royalty right, often …

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Second Year Review

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) is currently conducting a post-implementation review of the first two years’ operation of the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR), introduced into UK law in Februar …

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First Semester Report

On February 14, 2006, the UK Artists’ Resale Right (ARR) came into operation, after a year-long media campaign on behalf of UK art market professionals opposing its introduction, and a media campaign …

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The Artists’ Campaign for Droit de Suite

On 17 May 1993 a unique and important meeting was held to give artists the chance to hear about droit de suite (the visual artist’s resale royalty right) and form their own views as to its importance …

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The Artist’s Resale Right Regulations 2006

On December 15 2005, the final draft of the Artist’s Resale Right Regulations 2006 were placed before parliament by the UK government for approval by resolution of each House of Parliament, with the a …

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Parliamentary Report: The Market for Art

 – the latter publishing its report in April 2005: The Market for Art (HC 414; available at www.legislation.gov.uk). This report is remarkable in its unambiguously strong and consistent support f …

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