Information for Visual Artists in view of the adoption of the Artist Resale Right.
The Artists’ Resale Right (ARR) is the right of an artist, or artist’s estate, to benefit financially from sales of works on secondary markets, that is, when a work is bought and sold after the artist’s original sale. The right is embraced as a source of income, or potential income, for artists who depend on their practise for their livelihood. It is also a source of acknowledgment and information for artists. ARR is well known among visual artists in the many countries where it works. Canada has not yet adopted ARR.
You can support the advocacy for ARR in Canada by writing to your Member of Parliament, by lending your voice to the effort in many other ways, and by financial contributions. Please visit the websites of CARFAC National and RAAV for the latest information and support tools.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions, and answers concerning the Artists’ Resale Right, for artists and for art market professionals.
October 15 2013
The research and writing of this article have been generously supported by grants from the Access Copyright Foundation.