Kenojuak Ashevak. "Enchanted Owl," stonecut on paper, 1960.
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When Canadian Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak sold her print "The Enchanted Owl" in 1960, she pocketed $24 .That is because Canada does not recognize a resale right for visual artists, which in some other countries guarantees them a small percentage of proceeds from secondary sales.More than 80 countries worldwide currently recognize the resale right, providing visual artists between one and five percent of secondary sales proceeds, with a cap of roughly $15,000 .If Canada recognized a resale right of 5 percent, as McConnell and others are advocating, he would have received a check for around CA$1,000, he said.According to the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), only 2 percent of royalties collected globally for creators in different fields goes to visual artists.While top-tier artists would certainly benefit from the resale right, McConnell said the incremental income it could provide was most important to the average artist.
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