Did you know that in France, an artist can receive residual royalties over and over again after the original work is sold and resold and resold.
If you read the article below, you will see what I mean.
In 59 ... countries including most of Europe, [painter Mary] Pratt would get a small percentage (from a fraction of one per cent to five per cent, depending on the sale price) of the hammer price of her resold painting thanks to a principle known as “droit de suite,” or the artist’s resale right.
The right, which has existed in France for decades but was only introduced to the U.K. in 2006, means that an artist, who has previously sold works for low prices, can profit from rising prices on subsequent sales of those pieces. The law applies after death too, so that an artist’s heirs would get a share until copyright expires, 75 years after death in most of these countries.
“The whole value of an art work is not made on the original sale,” said April Britski, national executive director of the Canadian Arts Representation (CARFAC). “Visual artists are at a great disadvantage compared to writers or musicians who keep getting money from recordings or books. [With art,] you sell it once and it’s gone.” Britski said the right would be particularly valuable to older artists and to Canada’s aboriginal artists, who may sell works for much less than urban collectors eventually pay for them. Australia has just adopted the right specifically to address the exploitation of its aboriginal artists.
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