UK PLR EXTENDED TO LOANS OF AUDIO-BOOKS AND ON-SITE LOANS OF EBOOKS - UPDATEWe are working hard to update our systems and we are asking applicants to hold off applying for registration of these new categories of works at the moment. Due to the amount of work involved we do not expect this to be in place before mid-December 2014. Applicants will have until 30 June 2015 to apply to qualify for payments in February 2016, so there will still be plenty of time. We will keep you informed of progress on our website, Twitter etc. More background on how the extension will work and when you should apply can be viewed here.
REGISTRATION FOR 2014 DUTCH PLR PAYMENTS TO UK VISUAL ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ILLUSTRATORS NOW OPEN
Earlier this year DACS made its first payments of royalties from the Dutch Public Lending Right Scheme in the Netherlands (where public libraries pay a royalty to the Lending Right Foundation for books that they lend out). DACS received a share of these royalties from Pictoright, its Dutch sister society, to distribute to eligible UK visual artists, including fine artists, photographers and illustrators.
Registration for 2014 royalties is now open - you need to reapply each year. Further information can be found on the DACS website. (Claims must be submitted by 30 September 2014.)
UK PLR EXTENDED TO LOANS OF AUDIO-BOOKS AND ON-SITE LOANS OF EBOOKS - BUT DON'T APPLY YET!
The UK PLR Scheme is being extended to include public library loans of (a) audio-books and (b) ebooks downloaded on library premises for taking away as loans.More background on how this will work and when you should apply can be viewed here.
PLR ANNUAL REPORT 2013-14
Following the abolition of the PLR organisation as a stand-alone public body the requirement for PLR to lay an Annual Report and Accounts in Parliament has been removed. However, the Head of PLR has produced a Report for the British Library Board describing the operation of the Public Lending Right Scheme during the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. The Report can be viewed here.
THE BRITISH LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE AT THE PLR OFFICE
Responsibility for PLR was transferred to the British Library in October 2013. The PLR team joined the British Library and continue to manage the PLR Scheme from their offices in Stockton-on-Tees. The former Registrar stayed on as temporary Head of PLR to help with the transfer but will retire on 30 September when a new management structure will need to be put in place. Two new senior posts are to be created to take responsibility for the operational and policy aspects of the PLR Scheme.
Janine Armstrong, currently PLR’s HR and Finance Manager, will take on the new role of PLR Business Manager at the PLR office and will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of PLR. At the same time a new part-time post of Head of PLR Policy and Advocacy will be created to cover future policy development, to liaise with stakeholder bodies and to act as advocate for PLR. This post is currently being recruited. More details are available on the British Library website.
REGISTRATION REMINDER FOR UK & IRISH PLR SCHEMES
Online applications must be submitted by midnight on Monday 30 June 2014 to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than Monday 30 June 2014.
GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO CONSULTATION ON EXTENDING UK PLR TO AUDIO AND EBOOKS
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has now published its response to the public consultation on the extension of UK PLR to public library loans of audio books and ebooks downloaded on library premises. The consultation outcome is available on the GOV.UK website.
THE BRITISH LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR PLR
The British Library has established an Advisory Committee for PLR following its assumption of responsibility for Public Lending Right in October 2013.
The Committee, chaired by author Tracy Chevalier, will provide advice to the Head of PLR and the British Library Board on the operation of the UK PLR Scheme.
Further information on Committee membership and Terms of Reference can be found here.
DACS DISTRIBUTES FIRST EUROPEAN PLR PAYMENTS TO UK VISUAL ARTISTS
DACS has recently made its first payments of royalties from the Dutch Public Lending Right Scheme in the Netherlands (where public libraries pay a royalty to the Lending Right Foundation for books that they lend out). DACS received a share of these royalties from Pictoright, its Dutch sister society, to distribute to eligible UK visual artists, including fine artists, photographers and illustrators.
Registration for 2014 royalties will open this summer. Further information can be found on the DACS website.
RELEASED TODAY TOP AUTHORS AND BOOKS IN UK LIBRARIES
Shades of Grey, the Wimpy Kid and a Magnificent Seventh for James Patterson - Latest PLR data also shows two literary novels among the most borrowed books in UK libraries... (click here to read more)
Library Loans and the "Fifty Shades" effect - St Valentine's Day release of PLR data reveals spurt in the borrowing of erotic fiction ... (click here to read more)
Further information on the nation’s book borrowing tastes can be found in the Media Centre area of our website.
GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON EXTENDING UK PLR TO AUDIO AND EBOOKS
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport today launched a public consultation on its proposal to extend UK PLR to public library loans of audio books and ebooks downloaded on library premises. The consultation document is available on the GOV.UK website.
REVIEW OF 2013
2013 was a year of huge change for the UK PLR office and after 34 years of independent existence PLR's functions were transferred to the British Library on 1 October 2013. We thought it would, therefore, be interesting to produce a PLR Review of 2013 looking at key events during the last year.
UK PLR ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS
The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):
Online statements will be available to view on 20 January 2014. An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.
Paper statements will be posted second class on 20 January 2014 to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.
Payments will be made between 12 and 22 February 2014. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 7 February 2014 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.
You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.
Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.
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