Artists could really benefit from resale rights. A percentage of the resale value would go to the artist, helping to keep them afloat and making sure that if someone benefits from the sale of their work, that the artist does as well.
The law would ensure artists are compensated when their work is re-sold at a higher price than what it was originally purchased for.
Fifty-nine countries around the world already have the legislation, including France which has had the law in place since 1920, according to April Britski who is the executive director of the Canadian Artists Representation, also known as Carfac.
The legislation could benefit artists in Nunavut. Recently, a print by Cape Dorset, Nunavut, painter Kenojuak Ashevak sold at auction for about $29,000. If the legislation was in place, Ashevak would have gotten about $1,500 from the sale.