San Francisco — Artists in California have won an important legal victory that could have national significance, Monitor correspondent Brad Knickerbocker reports. The US Court of Appeals, ruling on a suit brought by a Los Angeles art dealer, has upheld the state's resale royalties act. Under the law, enacted in 1976 and the first of its kind in the country, artists must receive 5 percent of the profit whenever their works are resold in California. The law applies to paintings, drawings, or sculpture worth more than $1,000. The National Conference of State Legislators recently formed an arts task force, and other states now are expected to follow California's lead.