December 12, 2017

Why wills matter for artists

In Australia, copyright and the Resale Royalty Right in most cases lasts for 70 years after an artist’s date of death. This means that having a will is imperative for artists to ensure your intellectual property is passed on according to your wishes, and to assist your beneficiaries in effectively managing, and benefiting from, these […]

June 22, 2017

Resale royalty right discussed on world stage

In May, the World Intellectual Property Organisation hosted an international conference on the visual artists’ resale right. This landmark event was a milestone in the global campaign to promote international adoption of the right. The Copyright Agency | Viscopy’s Judy Grady presented evidence from Australia’s resale scheme via Skype, to the many artists, policy makers, […]

March 3, 2017

Accurate reporting vital for resale royalties

The Resale Royalty Right entitles visual artists to a 5 per cent royalty when an eligible work resells in Australia for $1,000 or more. One of the eligibility criteria for a resale royalty is that the person selling the artwork acquired it it on or after after the scheme commenced on June 9, 2010. To […]

August 5, 2016

More than $4m in royalties generated from resale scheme

Six years after it began, Australia’s resale royalty scheme has generated more than $4 million for artists, with more than half of those artists living and working in remote and regional Australia. More than 12,800 eligible artworks have been resold, well above predicted expectations for the scheme, returning a 5 per cent royalty to 1200 […]

Aboriginal artist Elton Wirri. Photo: Guy Louanglath.

June 15, 2015

Resale royalty admin fee adjustment

From 1 July 2015, the administration fee for royalties collect by the Copyright Agency under the Resale Royalty Scheme will be 15%. This fee is used to support the administration of the Resale Royalty scheme on behalf of right holders and their beneficiaries. A 15% fee for service reflects costs of managing the scheme and […]

July 18, 2014

Resale Royalty Gains Momentum in US

18 July 2014: US artists in the US have been successful in getting a Bill introduced into Congress for an artists’ resale royalty scheme. Australia is one of about 50 countries to have an artists’ resale royalty scheme, whereby a small proportion of the sale price is paid to the artist each time an artwork […]

Elton Wirri

July 16, 2014

Remote Indigenous Artists top Resale Royalty Revenue

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have earned 50% of all royalties generated so far. The majority of Aboriginal artists who receive royalties when their works are resold are located in remote and very remote areas in the Northern Territory, followed by Central Australia (SA and WA). Australia’s resale royalty scheme began in 2010 and […]

April 2, 2014

Copyright Agency manages Resale Royalty Scheme

Copyright Agency is appointed by the Australian Government to manage the Resale Royalty Scheme for artists, which began in June 2010. Here are the latest statistics about the scheme. Since its start on 9 June 2010 until 9 February 2014, the scheme has generated royalties: Totalling more than $2.28 million From more than 8,000 resales For more […]

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