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droit de suite

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A quick definition of droit de suite:

Term: droit de suite

Definition: Droit de suite is a French term that means "right to follow." It has two meanings. Firstly, it refers to a creditor's right to recover a debtor's property after it has been sold to a third party. Secondly, it refers to an artist's resale royalty, which is the right of a work's creator to benefit from appreciation in the value of the work by receiving a portion of the profit from its later resales. This right is recognized in some European nations and is meant to encourage artists to create more works.

A more thorough explanation:

Droit de suite is a legal term that means "right to follow." It refers to two different things:

  1. When someone owes money to a creditor and sells their property to a third party, the creditor has the right to recover that property from the third party to pay off the debt.
  2. In some European countries, artists have the right to receive a portion of the profit when their artwork is resold. This is called an artist's resale royalty.

For example, let's say John owes money to a bank and he sells his car to Jane. If the bank has a droit de suite, they can take the car from Jane to pay off John's debt.

Another example is if an artist sells a painting for a low price when they are unknown, but later the painting becomes very valuable and is resold for a lot of money. If the artist has a droit de suite, they can receive a portion of the profit from the resale.

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