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Reviewed 1 February 2011

Artist's Resale Right, Meeting to discuss EU Consultation

The EU Commission has launched a consultation on the implementation and effect of the Resale Right Directive (2001/84/EC) External Link as required under Article 11. Responses to the questionnaire / call for evidence are sought by 11 March 2011.

Since 2006, the UK has been required to make resale right payments for qualifying sales of works by living artists. From 2012, the resale right will also extend to sales of qualifying works by deceased artists. Most other member states already have resale right implemented in full, but the UK and a handful of others were able to take advantage of a derogation in the Directive and implement the right in two stages. No further derogation is possible, unless the Directive itself is reopened.

The IPO would like to gather views and evidence from interested parties to inform their response. If there is sufficient demand a meeting will be arranged. This has been provisionally booked for Tuesday 1 March 2011, between 17:00 - 19:00, at the IPO's offices at 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3HF but will be confirmed only as and when a sufficient number of attendees have identified themselves.

If you wish to attend, please make it known by emailing e-mailing Copyright Policy organisation and contact details. As space is limited, please make your interest known as soon as possible and in any event no later than 18 February 2011.

Although much of the relevant evidence on the implementation of this right will be in the public’s hands the IPO would be interested in hearing your views and comments which could help inform any UK response. The IPO would encourage all interested parties to submit their evidence direct to the Commission and would be interested to see a copy of your reply if you are prepared to share it.

Notes to editors

  • The Intellectual Property Office is within the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) and is responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights, comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
  • Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge based economy.
  • It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is governed by national and international law, including various international treaties relating to IP to which the United Kingdom is a party.
  • For further information please contact IPO Press Officer Emma Griffiths on 020 7215 5982.

Date of release: 1 February 2011