After striking a deal last week, the European Parliament and European Council presidency will enhance anti-money laundering checks (AMLs), and the new legislation specifically includes the art industry for the first time. Continue reading
A campaign by the Duke of Cambridge to enforce a total ban on the ivory trade has been met by a wave of opposition from prominent UK museums, historians and antiques experts.
Current legislation prohibits the sale of ivory items carved after 1947. Now government ministers are considering proposals to extend the ban on the ivory trade to objects over 70 years old. Continue reading
The Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on 31 October 2016 and was introduced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Karen Bradley) as follows:
“The need for this Bill is paramount. In recent months, we have seen the wanton destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa. These tragic events are a reminder of how vital it is that the UK ratifies this convention and makes a strong statement about the importance we place on protecting cultural heritage.” Continue reading
In July copyright experts, figures from the art world, and government officials from eight countries gathered in Geneva to discuss the royalty rights for artists. As detailed in a summary provided by the Art Newspaper’s Art Market supplement, they were calling for an international review of royalty rights for artists following a conference at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva. Continue reading