November 21, 2019

Annual Report 2018-19 released at AGM

Copyright Agency has issued its 2018-19 Annual Report at its AGM held in Sydney on 20 November 2019. The report provides the audited financial results of the company and reports on achievements in the last financial year. 2018-19 was a strong year with many gains for our members. Highlights include: Strong financial results We generated revenue of around $150m and paid […]

Artist Amanda Marburg's studio [Photo © Olivia Tran]

September 5, 2019

Getting help with your Resale Royalty queries

If you are an artist, art market professional or art collector, you may have some questions about the Resale Royalty scheme. Artists may be aware that their works have been resold and would like to know if they are owed a royalty payment. Similarly, art market professionals handling sales and resales might wonder if an […]

May 20, 2019

Canadian report recommends copyright changes to support local authors

The Copyright Agency welcomes a landmark report from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which has backed Canadian authors in their push to reform copyright laws in that country. Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “Canadian authors and publishers have endured serious erosions to their livelihoods since 2012 as a result of copyright changes which […]

December 11, 2018

Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists

Over $1 million in resale royalty revenue was generated in the financial year of 2017-18, with more than 180 artists receiving their first eligible resale payment in that time. Artists from all stages of their careers are benefitting from the resale right, which entitles them or their estate to a 5% share of the sales […]

July 20, 2018

What does ‘second resale’ of an artwork mean?

While the Resale Royalty Right is generally well understood, we are often asked to clarify the term ‘second resale’ and how it affects eligibility for resale royalty.  If used out of context this term can lead to the wrong conclusion on a royalty being due. The term ‘second resale’ is relevant to artworks in existence […]

March 26, 2018

Could your resold artworks be eligible for a payment?

The Resale Royalty Right for visual artists entitles artists and their estates to a five per cent royalty whenever an eligible artwork resells in Australia. Copyright Agency is committed to ensuring that artists and their estates receive the resale royalties that they are entitled to. We actively investigate missed or inaccurate reporting to recover royalties. So […]

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, […]

Image Credit: John Fries Award 2020 finalists (L–R): Daniel Jenatsch, Darcey Bella Arnold, JD Reforma, Melanie Jame Wolf, Ryan Presley, Sara Morawetz and Shevaun Wright.

Image Credit: Papunya Tula artist Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri. Photography by Matt Frost. Image courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

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