paying artists

Alex Hudson home at
Fri Feb 15 09:06:20 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-02-15 at 09:38 +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> Alex Hudson <home at> writes:
> > In continental Europe, things are different again, since there is a
> > much stronger adherence to moral rights, which have little to do
> > with the economics.
> By that account, then, it seems that in the EU also it is not the goal
> of copyright to redistribute money.

Not really:
        "If authors or performers are to continue their creative and
        artistic work, they have to receive an appropriate reward for
        the use of their work, as must producers in order to be able to
        finance this work. [..] Adequate legal protection of
        intellectual property rights is necessary in order to guarantee
        the availability of such a reward and provide the opportunity
        for satisfactory returns on this investment." - 2001/29/EC (10)

There are provisions for the protection of author's standing and
reputation (loosely, "moral rights"), but most directives at a European
level are aimed more at ensuring a consistent internal market and
similar compensation for artists across each member state.

For example, 2001/84/EC, "Directive on the resale right for the benefit
of the author of an original work of art", was purely aimed at ensuring
artists get paid the same rate of royalty no matter where their works
are resold.



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