Droit De Suite Down Under: Should Australia Introduce a Resale Royalties Scheme for Visual Artists?
University of Oxford - Saint Peter's College Oxford; University of Oxford - Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC)
Melbourne Law School
U of Melbourne, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 115
Media & Arts Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 10, 2005
A droit de suite entitles visual artists and their heirs to receive a royalty from the resale of certain works of art. Recently, there have been calls for Australia to introduce a resale royalty right into the Copyright Act. However, academic commentary and empirical research question whether resale royalties achieve their stated aims. In particular, evidence demonstrates that resale royalties tend to accrue to established artists and their heirs, providing little or no financial benefit to the vast majority of artists. This paper discusses whether Australia should introduce a droit de suite and considers other alternatives to such a scheme.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: droit de suite, Australia, resale, royalties, visual artists
JEL Classification: K00, K11Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 25, 2005
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