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S.2045: American Royalties Too Act of 2014

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about commerce
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Sponsor Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 26, 2014
Latest Major Action Feb. 26, 2014
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Bill Summary

American Royalties Too Act of 2014 - Expands copyright owners' exclusive rights, in the case of a work of visual art, to include the right to collect or authorize the collection of a royalty if the work is sold by a person other than the author for at least $5,000 in an auction.

Defines "auction" as a public sale of visual art to the highest bidder run by an entity that sold at least $1 million of works of visual art during the previous year.

Revises the term "work of visual art" to make requirements for photographs consistent with requirements for paintings, drawings, and prints. (Currently, a photograph must be a still photographic image produced for exhibition purposes only.)

Limits the amount of such a royalty to the lesser of: (1) 5% of the purchase price; or (2) $35,000, subject to cost-of-living adjustments.

Directs entities conducting such auctions to collect and pay the royalties to a visual artists' copyright collecting so...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 26, 2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.