NEWS ARCHIVE 2015

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17 December 2015

Registration for Dutch PLR payments to UK visual artists, photographers and illustrators now open

Each year DACS receives a share of money from their Dutch sister society Pictoright to distribute to visual artists in the UK. The annual registration is now open and DACS has £114,000 to distribute to artists and artists' estates.

Artists have until Wednesday 6 January 2016 to apply for their share of Dutch Public Lending Right royalties, for the lending of books featuring their work by libraries in the Netherlands.

Further information on how to apply can be found on the DACS website. (Please note that you need to reapply each year.)

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14 December 2015

Minister marks first year of PLR on audio-book loans with a visit to Public Lending Right

Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey, MP visited the British Library’s Public Lending Right office in Stockton-on-Tees on 9 December to mark his support for Public Lending Right and public libraries.

He met Chief Executive, Roly Keating; Tom Holland, Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee; and members of the PLR team.

Speaking of the visit, Roly Keating said:

"It's good news for authors and libraries that the recent Spending Review has maintained the level of the PLR fund. This is a real vote of confidence in the operation, in its new home at the British Library, and provides a strong foundation for the future."

The Minister’s visit coincided with the recent inclusion of audio-book loans under the UK PLR scheme and the appointment of author and historian Tom Holland as the Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee.

Ed Vaizey said:

Our authors can educate, inspire and transport people from words to great ideas and places and this scheme gives them the fair pay and recognition they deserve when their work is loaned from libraries.

In this digital age, it's only right that we've now extended Public Lending Right to audio-book and onsite ebook loans to reflect the different ways readers access literature in the 21st century.

Roly Keating concluded:

“The PLR team really appreciated the Minister's visit, and his visible engagement in the work that they do.”

(Photos: Gary Walsh Photography)

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10 December 2015

PLR office Christmas opening hours

The UK PLR office will close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 and re-open on Monday 4 January 2016. Online transactions (including login applications) which are submitted after 23 December will not be dealt with until the office re-opens.

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7 December 2015

UK PLR Annual Statements and Payments

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements

Online statements will be available to view around 18 January 2016. 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 2016 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 10 and 19 February 2016. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 5 February 2016 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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26 November 2015

Spending Review announcement

Message from Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library:

As you may have heard, yesterday the Chancellor announced the results of the government’s spending review.

As part of this announcement the British Library was informed that Public Lending Right (PLR) has received a ‘flat-cash’ settlement. Its funding will therefore remain at £6.6m up to 2019.

The British Library has also received a ‘flat cash’ settlement for the forthcoming spending round period. As we enter into it, we will be guided by the six core purposes in our Living Knowledge 2015-23 strategic vision, and by our commitment to keeping our users at the heart of everything we do.

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11 November 2015

UK PLR proposed Rate Per Loan

Following consultation with the PLR Advisory Committee and British Library Board, the Rate Per Loan for the basis of the 2016 UK PLR payments has now been recommended to DCMS. The proposed Rate has gone up from 6.66p last year to 7.67p. DCMS is currently running a four week consultation on the proposal.

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4 November 2015

Irish PLR annual statements and payments

This year’s Rate Per Loan for the Irish PLR Scheme is 4.09 cent.

Irish PLR statements will be available to view online from 10 November 2015 – our online service has been developed and we are now able to make Irish statements available to view via your UK PLR online account. This facility is available only for those who are synchronised with both UK and Irish PLR schemes. Please note that if you have an online account and are synchronised, you will no longer be sent a paper statement automatically (although paper statements will be available on request). Online statements are provided regardless of whether there is a payment due.

Everyone else will continue to receive a paper statement (posted 2nd class on 9/10 November 2015). Please note that paper statements are only sent to those who are due to receive a payment (ie your registered titles earn €2 or more).

If your payment is being made directly from the UK PLR office and not via a collecting society such as ICLA or ALCS, payment will be made between 7-16 December 2015.  Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 1 December 2015 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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13 October 2015

International PLR Conference, September 2015

The PLR International Network Co-ordinator, Dr Jim Parker, has produced a report on the 11th International PLR Conference held in The Hague, 24-25 September 2015 and hosted by the Dutch PLR office - Stichting Leenrecht - at the world-famous Mauritshuis art museum. The conference marked the 20th anniversary of the very first PLR conference back in 1995 when only 14 countries had PLR systems. Over the last 20 years that number has doubled. Most working systems are in Europe, where European Community legislation requires Member States to set up PLR systems to ensure that authors receive payment for the lending out of their books by public libraries. But PLR systems also exist outside Europe in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Israel. The Report can be viewed here.

The International PLR Network meets every two years at a conference organised and hosted by a member country. The conferences provide an opportunity for PLR administrators and interested parties from across the world to exchange information on recent issues, discuss common problems and promote the development of PLR in new countries.

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8 October 2015

Tom Holland appointed Chair of the Public Lending Right Advisory Committee

The British Library has appointed Tom Holland as Chair of the Public Lending Right (PLR) Advisory Committee for the next three years.

On the announcement of the role Tom Holland said:

I am hugely honoured to be taking on the role of Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee, which does such excellent work in promoting the interests of authors - and also, by extension, the invaluable role played by our public libraries.”

Tom Holland writes both fiction and non-fiction and has translated Herodotus: The Histories. His best-selling works of history have included Persian Fire, Rubicon and, most recently, Dynasty. Tom has created documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, and has also presented Making History for BBC Radio 4.

Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library commented:

“We are delighted that Tom Holland has been appointed as Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee.  Tom's distinction and profile as a writer, and the wit and warmth he brings to the causes he supports, will bring great benefits to PLR.  The British Library would like to also thank Tracy Chevalier for all the work she has done to promote this vital scheme to authors across the country.”

In addition to his own experience as a writer, Tom has had previous involvement in working for the cause of all authors having served five years on the Committee of the Society of Authors, two of them as Chair. Tom also supports authors who write about cricket in his role running the Authors Cricket Club. Earlier this year he took part in a match in Rome playing against a Vatican XI, a return fixture following a visit to England the previous year by the Pope’s team.

Tom Holland will take up his new role on 10 November when the current Chair, Tracy Chevalier, steps down.

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8 September 2015

PLR Annual Report 2014-15

The PLR Business Manager has produced an Annual Report for the British Library Board describing the operation of the Public Lending Right scheme during the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. The Report can be viewed here.

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30 July 2015

Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right – Vacancy for Chair

The British Library Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right was established to provide expert advice to the Library on the operation of the UK PLR Scheme and to represent the views of PLR stakeholders. The Committee is made up of a Chair and six members: two members representing registered authors, two representing the public library community and two from the wider PLR constituency (book trade, writing, publishing, authors’ agents, copyright and intellectual property etc).

We are currently seeking applicants for a Chair. The deadline for applications is 1 September 2015.

Further information on the Committee and the vacancy can be found here.

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6 July 2015

Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes OBE has been announced today as the winner of the Book Trust's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. The prize celebrates the work of an author or illustrator who has made an outstanding contribution to children's literature. She is an award winning children's author and illustrator of books such as Dogger and the Lucy and Tom stories.

Shirley Hughes has always been a strong supporter of PLR:

PLR means far more to children’s authors and illustrators than the money received, (though that’s pretty important!). It’s the thought of someone, perhaps a very young someone, sitting on the library floor enthralled in a book and – as is often the case at this stage of developing readership – borrowing it over and over again until it becomes an old friend. The arrival of my PLR printout is for me one of the great spurs towards fresh endeavour.

She also served as a member of the PLR Advisory Committee from 1984 to 1988.

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9 June 2015

Children's Laureate

We are pleased to announce that the 2015-17 UK Children’s Laureate is Chris Riddell. Chris is both an award-winning illustrator and author with an exceptional ability to entertain readers of all ages. Chris has been registered for UK PLR for almost 30 years and is a champion of the Scheme!

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21 May 2015

Registration reminder for UK and Irish PLR schemes

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday 30 June 2015 to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than Tuesday 30 June 2015.

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.

Please note that we currently have large volumes of online and paper applications to process. We aim to confirm registration within 8 weeks of receipt. Providing that your paper or online application to register your books is received by the deadlines specified above, your books will be included in the year end calculations. Thank you for your patience at this busy time.

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12 May 2015

Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right – New members

We are pleased to announce that Hilary Delamere (literary agent) and Nick Sharratt (illustrator and author) have been appointed to the British Library Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right.

The Advisory Committee was established to provide expert advice to the British Library on the operation of the UK PLR Scheme and to represent the views of PLR stakeholders. The Committee is made up of a Chair and six members: two members representing registered authors, two representing the public library community and two from the wider PLR constituency.

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5 March 2015

Applications for registration

We currently have large volumes of online and paper applications to process.

If your online application is ‘awaiting approval’ there is no need to take any further action. You will receive an email to confirm when your application has been processed.

If you have sent a paper application, you should have received an email to confirm when your application was received.

We aim to confirm registration within 8 weeks of receipt.

Thank you for your patience at this busy time.

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2 March 2015

Report recommends extending UK PLR to remote ebook loans

The government-commissioned Sieghart Report on the future of public libraries in the UK has recommended that the government seeks to secure changes in European and UK copyright law in the next legislative term to extend PLR to include remote ebook loans. (Currently only ebooks downloaded on public library premises and taken away as loans on portable devices qualify for PLR in the UK.)

Further information can be found here.

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18 February 2015

Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right – Vacancy for two Appointed Members

The British Library Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right was established to provide expert advice to the Library on the operation of the UK PLR Scheme and to represent the views of PLR stakeholders. The Committee is made up of a Chair and six members: two members representing registered authors, two representing the public library community and two from the wider PLR constituency (book trade, writing, publishing, authors’ agents, copyright and intellectual property etc).

We are currently seeking applicants for the two appointed members representing the wider PLR constituency.

Further information on the Committee and the vacancy can be found here.

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16 February 2015

Registering audio material for UK PLR

Non-print material can now be registered for UK PLR.

Register your audio-books before 30 June 2015 for inclusion in the February 2016 payment round. Our helpful FAQs under Registration of Non-print Material provides lots of information about eligible contributors and the fixed shares which apply to audio-book registration.

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.

We are advising authors not to register ebooks as the extension of the PLR scheme only permits ebooks which are downloaded on library premises to fixed terminals and then taken away on loan to be included within PLR legislation.  Libraries have advised us that they do not offer such facilities, and that all ebook lending is carried out ‘remotely’ to home PCs and mobile devices.  PLR is unable to make payments for remote ebook lending as it continues to be covered under copyright law. Due to these current restrictions, we would not recommend that ebooks are registered for PLR.

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13 February 2015

Released today top authors and books in UK libraries

What books are library-users borrowing? - Latest PLR data shows the most borrowed authors in UK libraries... (click here to read more)

What’s great about your local library?- PLR data reveals regional variations in lending data... (click here to read more)

Tracking the borrowing habits of the nation- Ask LEWIS... (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.

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29 January 2015

Registration deadline for Dutch PLR payments to UK artists via DACS

DACS has extended the registration deadline for visual artists, photographers and illustrators to apply for their share of Dutch Public Lending Right royalties, for the lending of books featuring their work by libraries in the Netherlands.

Please note that you need to reapply each year.

Further information can be found on the DACS website. (Claims must be submitted by Monday 2 February 2015.)

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14 January 2015

UK PLR annual statements and payments

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements

Online statements will be available to view around 20 January 2015. 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 2015 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 13 and 20 February 2015. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 6 February 2015 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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