Inquiry into resale royalty right for visual artists bill 2008

21 May 2009

The Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Bill 2008 (the Bill) is intended to give effect to the Australian Government’s election policy commitment to introduce a resale royalty right for visual artists. A resale royalty, also called a droit de suite, entitles an artist to receive a royalty payment from subsequent sales of his or her artwork. The Bill is intended to create a resale royalty right in Australia and establish a statutory scheme to enforce the right and collect and distribute royalties. The Bill entitles artists to a 5% royalty each time their work is resold. There are similar schemes in other countries, including the United Kingdom and all other members of the European Union.

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