By Ben Kellerman and Antony Currie
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.
On Tuesday, California may not have a suspenseful governor’s race, but the contest for an obscure state education post has attracted an astonishing amount of outside money and turned into a high-stakes test run for the 2016 presidential campaign.
On Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the court needs to convene en banc to decide whether California's Resale Royalties Act -- which grants California fine artists a small percentage of the revenue from resales of their work -- runs afoul of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Resale royalties for artists, who otherwise receive no reward from works that have skyrocketed in value since their original sale, is an interesting question in and of itself: Though nearly 80 countries around the world grant artists a piece of the proceeds from such sales, California is the only state in the United States with a resale royalties law. But there's much more at stake in this appeal than money for artists. The 9th Circuit took the case en banc to resolve a conflict in its previous rulings on California laws that affected out-of-state businesses. The court's decision in the resale royalties case will shape California's ability to extend its regulations beyond state lines.
By Mario Anzuoni
Recently I was granted access inside a California state prison to photograph the Actors’ Gang Prison Project final presentation. The project is funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and aims to rehabilitate inmates through the arts.