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Copyright Office Holds Hearing on Resale Royalty Legislation

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on May 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

The United States Copyright Office solicited public comment last year on possible droite de suite, or resale royalty legislation. As addressed previously, state law attempts to regulate artists’ rights to resale royalties have been struck down as unconstitutional. Among the issues that the Copyright Office grappled with is the basic question of incentive: if a copyright royalty were paid on sales subsequent to the first sale, what effect does that have on the economic incentive to create art? Who benefits? Who is harmed?

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Topics: Resale Royalties, Copyright Act, Resale Royalty, Copyright, intellectual property, Copyright Office, Calinfornia Resale Royalty Act

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