Canadian artists will now be compensated when work is resold in a change to copyright laws – National

Artists are supposed to get paid when their work is resold in a change to copyright laws that would give them a slice of the collectors’ profits.

Painters, sculptors and other visual artists stand to get paid when their work is resold through auctions and galleries, in a government move that will help thousands who currently work below the poverty line. Designed to help retain artists.

According to Champagne’s office, under copyright law reforms drafted by Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne and Cultural Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, artists have a “resale right” during the copyright term. There will be, according to Champagne’s office.

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Artists complain that they no longer get anything if the value of paintings and sculptures increases dramatically.

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Montreal abstract painter Claude Tousignant, whose painting Accelerateur Chromatique 90 resold in 2012 for $110,000, is among the artists supporting the law reform. He would have received $5,500 if copyright law changes that were being developed by the ministers, when it was resold.

The late Enoch artist, Kinojuak Ishiok, sold a work called Enchanted Owl in 1960 for $24 and was later resold for $158,500.

“Our government is currently advancing work on possible amendments to the Copyright Act to further protect artists, creators and copyright holders,” said Laurie Bouchard, a spokeswoman for Champagne. “Resale rights for artists are a really important step towards improving the economic conditions for artists in Canada.”

CARFAC, which represents Canadian artists, wants artists to receive five per cent of the value of their work when it is resold, and for their estates to be funded decades after their death under copyright laws. .


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He says at least 90 countries, including Britain and France, already have resale rights for artists, but Canada lags behind, forcing many artists to give up their art. is given because they cannot earn a living from it.

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There are over 21,000 visual artists in Canada, and according to the 2016 census, their average income is $20,000 per year from all sources of income.

“It’s really important to recognize that half of our artists live in poverty,” said April Burtsky, CARFAC’s executive director. “We all benefit from arts and culture, and our creators deserve better, more stable incomes.”

The change to the law follows years of campaigning by Sen. Patricia Bowie, the first art historian in the Senate.

Bowie, the former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, said France has had resale rights for more than 100 years and changes to copyright laws in Canada are too late.

The senator said she knows of many artists who sold works for small amounts early in their careers, and has seen them appreciate “10 times or more.”

Inuit artists, who often live in remote areas and sell locally, are among those who would particularly benefit if they get a slice of the resale value at galleries and auctions.

“Artists are the group in Canada that make up the largest percentage of the working poor below the poverty line,” Bowie said. “It’s our artists who tell us who we are, where we are, what we’re facing as a society. If they can’t support themselves financially, we’re going to miss an important window into who we are as Canadians.” Who are as

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Paddy Lamb, an Edmonton-based artist, said that even for established artists, it’s hard to make a living.

He said he’s seen work increase in value as artists become established and their art is sold to larger galleries or auction houses.

“For Inuit artists, as soon as their work leaves Nunavut, it immediately appreciates in value? And (the artists) get none of that,” he said. “It’s a means of enabling artists to make a living.”

He said Canadian artists know from artists in countries where resale rights already exist, how important it is to pay to “help people.”

“Most of the payments in the UK come in small increments to artists who aren’t A-list artists,” Lamb said. “In Australia, a lot of that goes to Aboriginal artists. What we’re asking for is a real level playing field.

CARFAC vice president Therese Tinglik, an artist who lives in Rankin Inlet, said it’s “unfair” that artists who see work resold “are not getting a dime from it.”

She said that I am seeing how the world is treating its artists. “France did this a hundred years ago and it’s important for all Canadian artists, including Inuit artists, that they have the same right.”

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