Calif. Art Royalties Law Only Applies To 1977 Sales: 9th Circ.

Law360 (July 6, 2018, 8:44 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit panel ruled Friday that California's Resale Royalties Act, effective since 1977, only applies to art sales conducted prior to the 1978 effective date of the federal Copyright Act, mostly affirming a lower court's dismissal of long-running class action litigation against Christie's Inc., Sotheby's Inc. and eBay Inc.

The appellate panel's decision effectively quashed three consolidated cases that artists Chuck Close, Laddie John Dill, Robert Graham and The Sam Francis Foundation brought against the auction companies in October 2011.

Across multiple appeals and a dashed U.S. Supreme Court bid, the painters and sculptors have argued auction houses owe them 5...

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