Artists and copyright

An interesting newsletter from DACS plopped onto the TOH virtual desk this morning. It’s about individual artist copyright, and a recent debate in the House of Lords.

Discussion centred on the issues affecting artists today such as pay, intellectual property rights, studio space, public funding cuts and arts education. I’m copying it here in full in case it’s of interest to anyone.  It’s a matter still under discussion in Parliament and there are a number of links you can follow (text which is underlined) and a video of the debate itself.

UK Government support of artists debated in the House of Lords

I’d like to draw your attention to a recent debate in the House of Lords on Monday 19 January 2015, in which crossbench peer, the Earl of Clancarty, called on the Government to review its support of individual artists.

He was joined by nine peers from across the political spectrum, including the Conservative peer, Lord Patten; Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury and Labour peer, Baroness Thornton.

We welcomed the opportunity to brief peers on issues regarding visual artists’ income through copyright and Artist’s Resale Right royalties, and were delighted to see calls for greater Government support in the area of intellectual property – particularly in relation to enforcement and education. This was in the context of a wide-ranging debate which covered artists’ pay, public funding cuts, access to arts education and the shortage of studio space.

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If you have any questions regarding the debate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing