30 JUNE REGISTRATION REMINDER FOR UK & IRISH PLR SCHEMES
Online applications must be submitted by midnight on 30 June to be included in the year end calculations. As 30 June falls on a Sunday, when the office is closed, postal applications must be received by no later than 1 July.You can apply to register your published titles online or via an application form. Alternatively you can request a form to be posted to you.
PLR TRANSFERS TO THE BRITISH LIBRARY
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced today that the Public Lending Right body will cease to exist as a separate organisation and responsibility for managing the PLR Scheme is to be transferred to the British Library. The post of Registrar will be abolished and the Registrar’s responsibilities will be taken over by the British Library board. The changes are expected to take effect from 1 October.
PLR staff, currently employed by the Registrar, will transfer over to the British Library and PLR will continue to be administered by the existing team from their offices in Stockton-on-Tees. Although the position of Registrar will disappear, the current Registrar will be retained by the British Library for an agreed period to help ensure a smooth handover.
These changes in governance will have no impact on PLR as the right of authors to receive payment for the lending out of their books by public libraries. The PLR Scheme will continue to operate in the usual way after the transfer of responsibilities to the British Library. Authors should continue to register their books for UK and Irish PLR with the PLR office in Stockton.
The government decision to abolish the PLR body follows a public consultation last year and completion of an Impact Assessment (see DCMS website) which identifies further savings in PLR’s administration costs that will be achievable as part of a larger body like the British Library. The British Library has also released a statement.
DRM DEBATE, 4 MARCH 2013
BIC, the standards body for the book trade, is hosting a debate on Digital Rights Management on Monday 4 March. For further information see the BIC website.
RELEASED TODAY TOP AUTHORS AND BOOKS IN UK LIBRARIES
US Writers Smother UK Rivals When it Comes to Bodies in the Library
Latest PLR data reveals American crime novelists and thriller writers more borrowed than their British counterparts... (click here to read more)
Children’s Writers Rule in PLR’s Most Borrowed Authors Lists
Six children’s writers appear in the Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors in UK libraries... (click here to read more)
30 Years of Worth
Public Lending Right marks three decades of payments to authors... (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.
UK PLR ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS
This year’s Rate Per Loan will be 6.20 pence - up from last year's figure of 6.05 pence. We have been able to provide a higher Rate this year because of a fall in public library book loans and further savings that we have been able to make in our running costs over and above the target set for us by the government.
Feedback from the public consultation exercise on the proposed increase in the Rate Per Loan is available on the DCMS website.
The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):
Online statements are now available to view. 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 18 January 2013 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 13 and 22 February 2013. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 8 February 2013 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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