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Droit de Suite

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the total sum to be paid in 2006 to (a) artists and (b) artists' families as a result of the Droit de Suite law. (85365)

Artist's resale right is a new right in the UK and it is not possible accurately to predict the amount of royalties that will be paid this year. However, a study conducted before the directive was implemented, based on 2001-02 figures, estimated that, had the right existed during this period, approximately £1.8 million would have been paid to artists for sales of their works. A later study based on the period of March 2003 to February 2004 indicated that the total would be approximately £1.4 million.

In 2006 no money will be paid to the families of artists as the UK has used a derogation within the directive and the right does not currently apply to works where the artist is deceased.