The Artists’ Resale Right Directive 2001/84/EC: A means of targeted intervention for visual artists

Anthony O'Dwyer

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Abstract

The antecedents of the artists’ resale right (ARR) can be traced back to late 19th century France, the droit de suite, as it then was, was as much a welfare right as it was a response to the failures of the French droit d'Auteur system to adequately reward visual artist for their creative endeavours. Today, the success of the ARR may be attested to by its prominence in international law, however, this internationalisation has not brought with it uniformity. The European experience speaks to this; under the harmonisation framework of the Artists’ Resale Right Directive 2001/84, Member States are granted significant scope in its implementation and accordingly ARR models have come to pass which encompass a social security function reflective of the original French formulation. This article, by drawing on the social history of visual artists, and by considering the nature of the ARR and its predecessor the droit de suite, argues that socially orientated ARR models, which exist in Germany and Norway, represents a modern formulation of the droit de suite which more fully responds to the needs of visual artists today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-27
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of World Intellectual Property
Volume24
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • artists' resale right
  • copyright
  • droit de suite
  • social citizenship
  • social inclusion
  • visual artists
  • welfare

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