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Guest Op-Ed

Pioneering a Fresh Approach to IP Rights in China

Landmark Western cultural institutions are increasing their presence in the Middle Country. In this Guest OpEd, Alfilo Brands CEO Yizan He discusses the wave of companies pioneering a new approach to IP rights in China…


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Art

Sales of Art-based Brands Up 1.8%; Home Boosts Growth

Art-based properties saw somewhat anemic 1.8% growth in the U.S./Canada in 2018—the property type makes up 5.4% of total retail sales in the territory, with the art & artist subcategory making up 4% of the total and museums 1.4% share…


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Worldwide

Art Licensing Hits $9.23 Billion in Retail Sales in 2017

Licensed retail sales of art-based merchandise grew just 4% over the last 5 years in the U.S./Canada compared to 16% worldwide, according to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey


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Retailers

Specialty & Discount Lead Distro Channels for Licensed Art Brands

In 2017, specialty retailers and discounters tied for equal share in distribution of licensed products based on art properties in the U.S./Canada, according to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey


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LICENSED HOME

Licensed Home-related Goods Up 3.4% WW in 2016

Retail sales of licensed home furnishings, housewares, and domestics grew by 3.4% globally. In the U.S./Canada…


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Art

Art Licensing Up 1.6%; Commercial Growth Steady

Sales of licensed art merchandise grew 1.6% from $5.67 to $5.75 billion in 2016, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. The sector’s steady growth…


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Retail

E-commerce Sales Top $11 Billion in 2015; Led by Trademarks and Entertainment

Over $11 billion in licensed merchandise was sold through e-commerce retail channels in the U.S. and Canada in 2015, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey


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TLL's 2016 Survey

Art Licensing Up 2.1%; Commercialization is the Name of the Game

After years of flat or declining growth, sales of licensed art merchandise grew by 2.1% in 2015 from $5.55 to $5.67 billion, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey


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ART

Fine Art vs. Commercial Design

Compromising 75% of the greater arts property, the art and artists segment is fractured into a two-tier system—fine art versus commercial design…


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TLL Survey

Art Licensing Goes from Flat to Down 1.6%, as Fine Arts Thrive & Commercial Arts Struggle

While the overall licensing industry grew 2.5% in 2014, the art sector continued to struggle. After two years of flattish growth, retail sales of products based on licensed art properties in the U.S. and Canada actually fell 1.6%, from $5.64 billion to $5.55 billion, according to The Licensing Letter’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. Artist royalties also continued their steady decline…

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