An International Conference on the Artist's Resale Right was held in Geneva on April 28, 2017 ahead of the session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR).
The conference probed the ability of the resale right to increase artists’ incomes and follow the success of their work. This day of discussion helped to promote a better understanding of the issues involved with the application of the resale right at a global level – looking at the matter from cultural and economic perspectives. The event provided a platform for artists from all regions to express their expectations.
Participants included high-level policy makers from WIPO member states, creators, collective management organizations, academics and members of the private sector such as curators and gallerists, and auction houses.
Visual artists like painters, sculptors and photographers benefit from a resale right (droit de suite) in some 80 countries around the world. This intellectual property right provides a legal foundation for these artists to benefit from proceeds of sales of their works mainly by auction houses or art galleries. These proceeds enable visual artists to live from their art. While a fair number of countries have laws in place, many countries have not yet put these laws in place. With the increased globalization of the art market, visuals artists the world over are losing out on precious income.