Unlike many countries, the U.S. does not provide for resale royalties for visual artists (also known as droit de suite) by statute. A California royalty right, enacted in 1976, was recently ruled unconstitutional; that decision is currently on appeal. In December 2011, Congressman Jerrold Nadler sponsored H.R. 3688, the Equity for Visual Artists Act, recommending a federal resale royalty. The Judiciary Committee failed to act on the bill in the 112th Congress; however, a new version of the bill is expected to be introduced in this Congress. Meanwhile, the U.S. Copyright Office has been reviewing the implications of enacting a federal resale royalty law. Its report is expected soon.
Please join IFAR's distinguished speakers as they discuss this important and often divisive issue.
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Karyn Temple Claggett
Esq., Associate Register of Copyrights; Director of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Copyright Office
Sandra L. Cobden, Esq., General Counsel, Dispute Resolution and Legal Public Affairs, Christie's
Theodore H. Feder, Ph.D., Founder and President, Artists Rights Society
Philippa S. Loengard, Esq., Assistant Director and Lecturer in Law, Kernochan Center, Columbia Law School
The Honorable Jerrold L. Nadler, Congressman, Tenth Congressional District, New York