Wiggin and Dana Art Law Partner Quoted in U.S. Copyright Office Report

January 29, 2014

Wiggin and Dana Art Law Partner Jonathan Freiman is quoted in Resale Royalties: An Updated Analysis, recently released by the U.S. Copyright Office. The report, issued in December 2013, responds to a Congressional request to examine issues surrounding copyrights in the work of visual artists, in particular whether federal law should adopt the notion of "resale royalty rights," under which living artists are entitled to a percentage of the profits earned in subsequent sales of their art.

Jonathan was one of only two private attorneys quoted in the 81-page report. His comments, referenced in the "Current Legal Landscape" section of the report, note that "Contemporary artists nearly always retain the copyright when they first sell their works…The one exception is commissioned work. Even there, it's rare for a buyer to get the copyright as well…What happens more often is that the buyer carves out some of the copyright rights."

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