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The Government has asked the European Commission for permission to continue to deny dead artists' estates a royalty on art sales. It has sided with the art sale industry over artists in seeking to extend the denial of the royalty until 2012. The Government said that it feared that introducing the royalty for dead artists' work …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    For the sake of the economy?

    The people who tend to trade most in art are th epeople who will be least affected by the economical climate.

    And since when was the art trade a major part of the British economy?

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    If only we could get this extended to housebuilders as well... That you can take a cut every time the house you built gets sold... I would def look into becoming a builder if such a law was passed :D

    As it is right now I am going to become a painter, set up a company representing my interests, paint some shit, make a huge controversy, fake my own death in a spectacular way involing some sort of canoe, and then come back after a few years to collect my millions.

    hopefully by then my housebuilding proposal would have become law :D

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Lisbon bubble is dead

    Look, the Lisbon Agenda is dead, bury it already.

    You cannot create a fake market in IP goods by making everyone pay twice, three times, n-times, to any arbitrary 'IP' rights holder simply to inflate the value of the EU economy.

    It's no different than the fake smoke bubble that's popping in the US now, the fake valuation in house prices caused by lending to people who couldn't pay using money borrowed from the Chinese. Or the derivative bubble created by fractional lending & other frauds and Ponsi schemes.

    Sure for a while you sell each other 'right' or 'bonds', or 'license fees for IP rights'. But without productive work behind them, they are just fake asset & income bubbles. You are artificially creating an overhead, then trying to sell people this overhead. Sooner or later people realize there is no real value there. With the burst goes your value, and with your value, goes the need for others to buy your smoke bubbles.

    A person creates work which creates an asset which THEY earn income on = PRODUCTION.

    A person creates work, which creates an asset, which someone else lays claims to by dubious means, and demands an income from = COUNTER-PRODUCTION.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Ah... traders.

    ' "If the art traders are seeing a reduction in business they will not only sell fewer works - but will not buy them from artists either. This will have a knock on effect for artists who will find that there is less of a market for their work," he said. '

    Maybe the problem is the traders. Why should they be buying stuff of uncertain value in order to sell on after establishing a value for it? As far as I can see, con artists have the same MO.

    What if these "art traders" became "art brokers" and just worked on commission?

    Fairer deal for everyone, from the off.

  5. Rick

    Music != Art?

    A musician records a song and then gets paid every time a copy is played for the next 70 years, even if they're dead (or if, like Cliff Richards, we just wish they were).

    An artist paints a picture and doesn't get paid more than once even if the original is later sold on, let alone copies.

    I suppose it would be too much to hope for some consistency in intellectual property laws.

  6. Peter Simpson
    Paris Hilton

    Music != Art?

    What he said.

    Is this the same government that's pushing for copyright extension on audio recordings?

    Considering that the artists see only a minute portion of the income anyway, I'm curious as to why the government is even making the effort.

    // Paris, because she's a work of art

  7. Mister Cheese
    IT Angle

    Continuous payment

    I do a bit of work, and I get paid for it. But I have to keep doing other bits of work to keep getting paid.

    Oh, to be a musician who (if they're lucky) works for half an hour and then proceeds to take an income from this work for the rest of his life plus 70 years.

  8. Stephen

    Only problem with comparing it to Music is

    That it's copies of the music being sold - not a one off original. I'm sure if I sold a CD I'd already bought for a million dollars the artist wouldn't get a cent, copyright or no.

    This is not a copyright issue, it's a new form of IP (hateful, nonsensical phrase that it is) that really shouldn't exist unless art traders are ripping off artists.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    See this is where the world is going wrong....

    See if Ford / GM et Al had a cut everytime a car was resold, they wouldn't be in the shit...


  10. BioTube

    If I sell a book

    I don't have to give the publisher a cent. Why is art any different? No wonder the Irish rejected Lisbon - the EU's run by a bunch of IPdiots.

  11. Arthur McGiven


    The government has "sided with the art sales industry over artists." Is anyone surprised at this?

    Art dealers are generally rich, artists are generally poor. Politicians generally side with rich people in the hope that some of the richness will rub off on them in some way or other.

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    Code is Art

    I think we should push that idea.

    Journalism could be art as well, you can get away with a lot in the name of art.

    Artists could licence to a foundation that might be a way to get an extension.

    Copy cats are the bores of society, rock breaking is too good for them, if you cannot create art stop copying it, and pony up to experience it, bunch of freeloaders.

  13. Dave

    Artists != Agents

    Easy to see that there is no middle layer in the visual Art world! Imagine what this would be like if some management company owned the rights...

    Still, it is going to be fun quoting some of this stuff back to the Government in years to come.

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