How does the Artist’s Resale Right relate to copyright?
January 19, 2024
The Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) is an extension of copyright that entitles artists to a percentage of the sale price whenever their artwork is resold on the open market.

ARR lasts for the full copyright period of the life of the creator and 70 years following the creator’s death. When ARR was first introduced into UK law in 2006, it initially only applied to living artists. However, the right of beneficiaries to royalties in respect of secondary sales made in the UK and Ireland of the work of deceased artists was introduced on 1 January 2012.


For more information about how the Artist’s Resale Right benefits artists’ estates, visit the ACS dedicated Artists’ Estate page.


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