ARS continually lobbies state and federal legislatures for stronger and more effective artists’ rights laws.
Successful lobbying efforts include the extension by twenty years of the current U.S. copyright term, through the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act in 1998. ARS was also instrumental in the passing of the copyright restoration provisions of the 1994 GATT accords.
We continue to lobby for the institution of the resale royalty in the U.S., also known as the Droit de Suite, a right which is available in a number of European states.
What can I do to support artists' rights?
Take a moment to read about our current lobbying efforts, and sign the petitions below.
The ART Act
ARS has long advocated the adoption of a resale royalty for artists in the U.S., a right which is accorded to foreign artists in some 70 other countries. A bill which would mandate the institution of a resale royalty in the U.S. is presently before Congress. Called the 'ART Act' its principle sponsors are Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts.
Artist Museum Partnership Act
The Artist Museum Partnership Act legislation would allow artists to take a fair market deduction for works donated to museums, libraries, colleges and other public institutions. Currently, artists may only deduct the cost of supplies, while a collector of the same work who donates it to qualified charitable institutions may take a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the donated work. This bill is authored by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.