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Art Works: Intellectual Property

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in obtaining the indefinite extension of the derogation of artists’ resale rights. (191313)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is his policy to obtain the indefinite extension of the derogation which limits the artists’ resale rights scheme to the work of living artists only; and if he will make a statement. (191875)

I have been asked to reply.

We are in the process of considering the evidence on the impact of artist’s resale right on the UK art market, including the derogation. We will be continuing our discussions with the Commission on this issue.