An international group of organisations representing creators is calling on the global community to make the right for artists to earn income from resales of their work mandatory in all countries.
Australia’s Resale Royalty Scheme provides artists with a five per cent payment from eligible resales of their work.
“The protection of artists should be the same in different places of the art market, be it London, Paris, New York or Hong Kong,” the petition says.
“The authors of fine arts… must be able to benefit from the wealth generated by the sales of their creations. The resale right must become, under the auspices of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation), a global right.”
Australian artist and resale right supporter Mandy Martin says that even small amounts of income generated from resale royalties can help support artists and their careers.
Mandy’s works are held in public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Guggenheim Museum. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University and has a background of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on art and science projects.
Mandy says resale royalty and artists’ moral rights have been an ongoing concern for her, not only through her work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but for her as a politically engaged artist.
A post-implementation review of the Australian resale royalty scheme is currently being undertaken by the Australian Government.
To sign the petition or find out more, visit www.resale-right.org
Signatures are urgently needed for a WIPO meeting in December which will discuss the future role of resale right for artists everywhere.