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Works Of Art (Resale)

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what discussions he has had with Ministers with responsibility for the arts of other member countries of the European Community on the development of standard rights for the living artist on a resale of his work in accordance with the Berne Convention of 1886, as revised in June 1948.

The right of the artist or his heirs to an interest in any resale of his work is a provision of the Berne copyright convention which is left open to member countries to provide if they see fit. United Kingdom law does not provide the right and there have been no ministerial discussions within the European Community relating to it. The subject is discussed in the report of the Whitford committee which is at present under consideration.