Calif. Royalty Act Doesn't Defy Fed. Law, Artists Tell 9th Circ.

By Daniel Siegal (April 10, 2018, 7:40 PM EDT) -- Chuck Close and other artists urged the Ninth Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday to revive their putative class actions seeking art sale royalties from Christie's, Sotheby's and eBay, saying a California law mandating royalty payments to artists isn't preempted by the federal Copyright Act.

During Tuesday's oral arguments in Pasadena, California, Michael Bowse of Browne George Ross LLP, representing artists including Close and Laddie John Dill, urged a three-judge panel to reverse a California federal judge's ruling tossing the artists' related class actions seeking royalties from the auctioneers for resold works per the California Resale Royalties Act.

Bowse told the appellate...

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