The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) is a rights management organisation that was formed in 1984.

It now acts both in the UK and internationally, collecting and distributing royalties to artists and their estates. It acts as a collecting society for the Artist’s Resale Right that was introduced in 2006 following an EU directive.

DACS is also now a member organisation of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).


More than 50 artists receive resale royalties for first time in 2023

01 June 2023

The latest Artist's Resale Right (ARR) Royalties figures from the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) reveal 873 artists and artists’ estates received fees and 53 artists were paid a royalty for the first time.

Ivor Braka

Art dealer settles Artist’s Resale Right dispute out of court

20 February 2023

Art dealer Ivor Braka has agreed an out of court settlement to pay Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) royalties in the UK.

Gemma Sudlow

Expansion and hires including Hindman to open a New York saleroom

22 November 2022

Hindman launching in New York and Sotheby’s expanding in Asia are among the latest updates across the world of art and antiques.

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East London foundry first to sign up to new digital ‘hallmark’ for bronze sculptures

03 December 2019

Bronze Age Foundry in Limehouse, London, is the first foundry in the UK to adopt a new bronze hallmarking scheme.


ARTIST'S RESALE RIGHT: The ‘rights and wrongs’ of law on resale duties

12 August 2019

New data has been released on the collection of fees for Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) but the art market remains split on its view of the levy.

Gilane Tawadros

DACS: Blockchain will create ‘fairer’ art market

11 June 2018

The growth of new technologies such as blockchain will lead to a ‘fairer and more ethical’ art market, says The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).


Appliance of science: New hallmarks scheme for contemporary bronzes launched to fight fakes

16 April 2018

To address the increasing number of fakes, The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) has launched a new digital ‘hallmark’ for editioned bronzes.

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£50m collected in decade of Artist’s Resale Right

24 February 2016

A decade on since Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) was launched in the UK, over £50m has been collected from auctions and dealers for artists and their heirs.

Unclaimed resale right cash to be returned after six years

10 April 2012

THE Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) have announced that they will hand back undistributed Resale Right royalties after six years.

DACS search for new head

01 September 2008

The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) have announced their search for a new chief executive after the resignation of Joanna Cave. During her eight years at the helm, Ms Cave led the campaign for the Artist’s Resale Right in the UK against fierce opposition from the British art trade.

DACS distribute £65,000 in resale rights

11 September 2006

THE Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) has made its second Droit de Suite pay-out to artists. It means that the collecting agency has now distributed over £65,000 since the resale levy was implemented in February. More than 140 artists have now received payments from DACS.

DACS make first pay-outs to artists

10 July 2006

THE Design and Artist's Copyright Society (DACS) have made their first pay-outs to artists for the Droit de Suite resale levy.