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Should Artists Get Royalties on Resales? California Judge Says No

from Thomson Reuters

There's a peculiarity in US copyright law that must drive painters and sculptors nuts. When writers, composers, photographers, and filmmakers obtain copyrights, they're entitled to royalties every time their work is sold. Not painters or sculptors. Under the US Copyright Act (in contrast to many copyright regimes in Europe), once a piece of art is sold all rights to the physical work belong to the buyer. There is only one exception: the 1977 California Resale Royalties Act, a so-called droit de suite law that grants artists a continuing interest in their work when it changes hands. more


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