Consultation outcome

Artist’s Resale Right: Evidence Gathering

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) conducted an online survey of art dealers, galleries and auction houses (collectively described as art market professionals) relating to the scale and costs of administering the right, particularly in the lower price bracket. Information from art market professionals was complemented by information provided by the two collecting societies. The document published above summarises the responses received.

The IPO thanks all who participated in this evidence-gathering exercise. This information will contribute, along with other evidence relating to broader aspects of artist’s resale rights (ARR), to any UK response to the EU Commission’s periodic review of artist’s resale right, which is anticipated in 2015.

Original consultation

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We are looking to learn more about how Artist’s Resale Right is working since its introduction to UK law in 2006.

Consultation description

The Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) entitles authors of original works of art (including paintings, engravings, sculpture and ceramics) to a royalty each time one of their works is resold through an auction house or art market professional.

We are interested in evidence relating to:

  • the scale and cost of administering the Right and the impact this has on art businesses
  • the numbers of artists who are benefitting from the Right, particularly at the lower threshold

Information received through this exercise will contribute to a periodic review at an EU level, which is likely to take place in 2015.

Art dealers, galleries and auction houses are invited to complete the online questionnaire below as part of that evidence-gathering exercise.

We will also be seeking information from the Artists’ Collecting Society and Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), who are the collecting societies through whom artists receive the royalty payment.

We intend to publish a report of the findings in September 2014.

Frequently asked questions on ARR are answered on the website of DACS.