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IPLR – International Public Lending Rights Conference 2017

How to include all visual artists in public lending schemes

On 26 and 27 September the 12th International Public lending Rights Conference was held in Paris hosted by SOFIA, the French society managing the right.

On the second day of the conference a panel was dedicated to the visual artists. In the panel three members of EVA Board participated; Marie-Anne Ferry-Fall, President of EVA General Manager of ADAGP, Anke Schierholz, Head of legal department at VG Bild-Kunst and Vincent van den Eijnde, Managing director at Pictoright, presented the situation of PLR in the visual repertoire, while the panel was moderated by EVA’s General Manager, Carola Streul. Mr. van den Eijnde analyzed the Dutch model, Mrs. Ferry-Fall explained the short comings of the French system and Mrs. Schierholz concluded referring to the actions that need to be implemented in order to integrate visual arts in the schemes and prevent discrimination of authors who are not mentioned in a book’s title.

The panel’s goal was to evaluate further the participation of visual artists in the different schemes. The positive outcome of the presentation was that a great majority of the participants welcomed the panel as very informative on visual works.