NEWS ARCHIVE 2009

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16 November 2009

ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

As the situation currently stands, we have not yet had the Rate Per Loan confirmed.  The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements

Online statements will be available to view on 6 January 2010.  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. If you would like to view your statement online and you do not currently have an online account, you must apply before the office closes on 24 December.

Paper statements will be posted second class on 6 January 2010 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

Payments will be made between 5-15 February 2010.  Please ensure that your bank details are up to date to prevent delay in receiving your payment.  Cheques are posted second class on 5 February.

Christmas Opening Hours

The office will close at midday on 24 December, and re-open on 4 January 2010. Any online transactions (including login applications) which are submitted after 24 December will not be dealt with until the office re-opens on 4 January.

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22 October 2009

IRISH PLR UPDATE

We have now copied across personal and book details for authors who provided us with permission for their details to be registered automatically with the Irish PLR scheme.

The Irish PLR office will post confirmation letters within the next few weeks to those whose details have been registered for the Irish scheme. Please note that this confirmation will be sent from the Irish PLR office and not UK PLR. 

We are unable to accept any further requests to register details on your behalf. Applications must now be made direct to the Irish PLR office.

You should also be aware that once your details are registered with the Irish PLR office, you will need to apply to register any new titles separately with both the UK and the Irish scheme.

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24 September 2009

IRISH PLR SYSTEM

The deadline has now passed for requesting for your personal and book details to be registered automatically by us with the Irish PLR Scheme.

However, you can still register by applying directly to the Irish PLR office. Further details are available on their website.

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16 September 2009

IRISH PLR SYSTEM - 23 SEPTEMBER DEADLINE

The new Irish PLR system is being run by The Library Council in Dublin.  Further information regarding the Scheme is available on their website.

If you would like your personal and book details to be registered automatically by us on your behalf with the Irish PLR scheme, to qualify for the first Irish PLR payments due later this year, you need to provide us with your permission by  23 September 2009.  If you have an online account with us you may log in and submit your request online. If you do not have an online account you may print the permission form and return it to the UK PLR office.

Only books which have been applied for here up to 23 September will be registered automatically with the Irish PLR scheme.  After 23 September you will need to apply separately to the Irish PLR office for any new books. Please consult the Irish PLR website for further information on the deadline for registrations for this year’s payments.

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9 September 2009

IRISH PLR SYSTEM

The new Irish PLR system is being run by The Library Council in Dublin.  Further information regarding the Scheme is available on their website.

The Library Council is now accepting applications directly to its office in Dublin. However, we have agreed to offer those authors currently registered with UK PLR the opportunity to have their personal and registered book details transferred automatically to the Irish system.

We are now in the process of emailing authors with an online account to ask if they would like us to transfer their personal and book details across to the Irish PLR Scheme.  To submit their request, they must log into their online account.

Those who do not have an online account may submit their request by printing the permission form and returning it to the UK PLR office.

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24 August 2009

TOWARDS DIGITAL PLR

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published proposals to extend the PLR scheme to rightsholders of books in non-print formats. This would include principally audio books (‘talking books') and ebooks lent out and otherwise accessed by users of public libraries. The current scheme is restricted to loans of printed books.

The PLR proposals form part of a wider government strategy for Digital Britain and could be included in a Digital Economy Bill in the next parliamentary session if agreement can be reached on how the scheme should be extended. A consultation paper (closing date 16 October) is available on the DCMS website.

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22 July 2009

IRISH PLR SYSTEM

The new Irish PLR system is being run by The Library Council in Dublin.  Further information regarding the Scheme is available on their website.

The Library Council is now accepting applications directly to its office in Dublin. However, we have agreed to offer those authors currently registered with UK PLR the opportunity to have their personal and registered book details transferred automatically to the Irish system.

How to register with Irish PLR

  • If you received a paper statement in January you should also have received a form which you should sign and return to the UK PLR office to give your permission to transfer your details to the Irish Scheme.
  • If you have an online account, you will be emailed in September to submit your request to transfer your details via your secure online account.
  • If you did not receive a statement and do not have an online account, you may print the permission form and return it to the UK PLR office.
  • You may also register directly with the The Library Council in Dublin http://www.plr.ie/.

Please note: The Irish Scheme will only be open to living authors and not to the estates of authors registered with the UK system during their lifetimes but who have since died.

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23 June 2009

30 JUNE REMINDER

Books must be registered by 30 June 2009 in order to be credited with loans recorded since 1 July 2008. You can apply to register your published titles online or via an application form.

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on 30 June to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than 30 June. Alternatively we can post forms on request.

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25 march 2009

PLR’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY

After decades of campaigning by authors the PLR Act was passed in 1979. 30 years on PLR is as important as ever, providing payments to some 24,000 authors for loans of their books from public libraries across the UK during 2007-08. Payments to authors are made on the basis of how often their books have been borrowed. Payment this year was on the basis of 5.98 pence per loan.  Since PLR’s inception some £113 million has been distributed to authors. A typical writer earns 33% less than the national average wage so the support provided by PLR remains vital and is a key element in sustaining the country’s creative economy. Registration is open to any author living in the UK or in a European Economic Area country. 

The loans data collected by PLR from libraries across the UK provides a unique insight into the nation’s book borrowing tastes. The Media Centre provides more details of the most popular authors and books in UK libraries across a range of subject categories and information on regional variations in book borrowing.

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26 February 2009

IRISH PLR SYSTEM

The new Irish PLR system will be run by The Library Council in Dublin. We continue to help them develop a new PLR system based on the UK model.

There is no start date yet for the new Irish system but as many authors already registered for our UK Scheme will also be eligible for the Irish system we have agreed with our Irish colleagues that we should offer authors the opportunity to have their book and other details transferred automatically to the new Irish system to save having to apply for them all over again. 

We felt that we could contact users of our online system by email later in the year when we have a clearer idea when the Irish system is likely to start. But as we only contact all our other registered authors once a year by post - at payment statement time in January - to keep costs down we wanted take advantage of this mailing to send out a  form to enable authors to authorise us to transfer their details.  We also asked for the forms to be returned to us by the end of January to encourage people to return the forms while they were still fresh in their minds. However, we will be happy to accept forms until the Irish system is up and running and we will publicise a closing date when we have more information.

So, in short, we will be in touch with users of PLR’s online service later in the year about transferring their details to the Irish system. But in the meantime, for anyone who has concerns, you may download a form.

We’re sorry for any confusion that this approach has caused.

Please note: like the UK’s PLR Scheme, the Irish system will only be open to living authors and not to the estates of authors who had registered with the UK system during their lifetimes but have since died.

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6 February 2009

PLR ANNOUNCES THE UK'S MOST BORROWED AUTHORS IN 30TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

After decades of campaigning by authors the PLR Act was passed in 1979. 30 years on PLR is as important as ever, providing payments to some 24,000 authors for loans of their books from libraries during 2007-08. The loans data collected by PLR comes from libraries across the UK and provides a unique insight into the nation’s book borrowing tastes. The Media Centre provides more details of the most popular authors and books in UK libraries across a range of subject categories and information on regional variations in book borrowing.

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