CISAC Goals #7 – Visual Artists’ Resale Right by Hervé Di Rosa

CISAC Goals #7 – Visual Artists’ Resale Right by Hervé Di Rosa


I am Hervé Di Rosa, President of CIAGP
which brings together authors’ societies for visual and plastic arts
from all around the world within CISAC. I am also one of the ADAGP directors, the authors’ society in the field of visual arts in France. Our main focus within CIAGP, as for all similar organisations
in the world, is on resale right,
“droit de suite” in French. It was created in France
at the beginning of the 20th century after we realised that
artists’ works were usually not bought
at the end of their lives. Their heirs
usually didn’t keep their works and we realised that
in auction houses some works were sold
expensively. The resale right consists in receiving
a small pourcentage of the selling price of every work that is sold, either by auction houses or art galleries. It is collected by
authors’ societies and redistributed to artists
and their beneficiaries. Our main focus today is to make the resale right universal, now that it exists in Europe. A number of countries in Latin America
have also adopted it. But to adopt it is not enough.
It also has to be collected, actually. We are now actively promoting
the resale right at WIPO, within the Standing Committee
on Copyright and Related Rights to making the resale right universal.

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