Photographers & other Artists getting royalties from subsequent auction sales of their works.

The American Royalties Too Act (ART Act)

It’s funny but I’m really not sure how I feel about this legislation to give Artists a share of auction proceeds generated by customers subsequently selling their Art.

Part me me says it’s a wonderful thing, part of me figures it’s a nightmare for the auction houses.

It would be wonderful to receive checks out of the blue as the price of your Art spirals upward.

It will be a nightmare for the auction houses to track down & pay bunches of people they’re not necessarily knowledgeable of and then generate the W-2’s in December.

Now this probably won’t effect me personally since it doesn’t kick in until the sale price exceeds $5000.

The article in PDN is consist and well written. I encourage anyone who is an Artist to read it.

So…what do you think?


About whyphotograph

Photographer, computerist, slayer of Dragons Head of Photography for AWSchmitt Ltd. producing Creative, Illustrative Photography for your needs. ( ) Formally Head of Photography, Peters Valley Center For Crafts, Layton, NJ (
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