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5 December 2016

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 2017. 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 2017 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 22 February 2017. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 8 February 2017 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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1 December 2016

UK PLR and remote ebook loans - update

Matt Hancock, Minister of State responsible for digital and culture policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, confirmed earlier this week that the government is bringing forward the legislation that will extend Public Lending Right to include the remote lending of ebooks.

Tom Holland, Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee, welcomed the announcement for all those registered for PLR.

“The recent commitment by the government to getting UK PLR on remote ebook loans is excellent news for authors, and a welcome demonstration of how PLR is moving with the times."

Currently, authors can register ebooks in anticipation of the new legislation and the future qualification of the loans for PLR.

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17 November 2016

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 - including fine artists, illustrators and photographers. The annual registration is now open and DACS has £21,000 to distribute

Artists have until Monday 13 January 2017 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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15 November 2016

UK PLR and remote ebook loans

The European Court of Justice has ruled on the future remuneration of authors for ebook loans. It confirmed that ‘the public lending exception, which provides for the fair remuneration of authors, is applicable’. This mean that, subject to a government approved amendment to the Digital Economy Bill in the House of Lords in 2017, the ruling will lead to authors becoming eligible to receive PLR for remote public library loans of their ebooks.

We will keep authors informed of any updates regarding this. In the meantime, authors can register ebooks for UK PLR but loans will not generate any PLR earnings yet.

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11 November 2016

Revised 2016 Irish statements

We have identified a small number of statements which display incorrect loan figures on some titles. Payment amounts for these titles are not affected as they have been calculated on the correct number of loans. This has been rectified and we have identified the individuals affected; therefore there is no need to contact the office.

Replacement statements will be available online shortly and we will email you if you are affected. Replacement statements will be posted to those who do not have an online account. We anticipate that those affected will be notified within 5 working days.

Please be assured that payment amounts are not affected and will be made between 5-14 December as previously notified.

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3 November 2016

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 9 November 2016 – 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 November 2016). 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 5-14 December 2016.  Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 29 November 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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31 October 2016

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 2017 UK PLR payments has now been recommended to DCMS. The proposed Rate has gone up from 7.67p last year to 7.82p. DCMS is currently running a four week consultation on the proposal. (The consultation closes 5:00 pm on 25 November 2016.)

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26 October 2016

UK PLR market research

Thank you to all those who completed the UK PLR market research.

We had an excellent response from authors, illustrators and other contributors who are registered for PLR and, as expected, a lower response from those who are not registered.

In general, we found that users of PLR are happy with the UK PLR Scheme and how it is run.

The key messages were:

  • Only one in four said that improvements to the Scheme were needed.
  • The library sample should be increased or reviewed to be more representative.
  • Registration was easy for the majority of users but not all knew that registrations need to be kept up to date by the addition of each new edition. In addition, of those registered only 53% were aware that audio-books can be registered and less than half, 41%, were aware that ebooks can be registered even though their loans do not yet attract PLR payment.
  • Almost all registered PLR users felt that they receive the right level of PLR communications. No respondent indicated they received too much communication while 1 in 10 said they would like to receive more communication.
  • Of those who used the website, the majority rated it as easy to use and helpful with only 1 in 20 having difficulty in finding the information they were looking for.

The number of responses received from authors who were not registered was small and included suggestions that the registration process should be made simpler. They cited barriers to completing registration as: the time it took; not thinking it was worth it; and/or that the website was not easy to use.

While we are delighted that the majority of PLR registered users are happy with the UK PLR Scheme and the way it is run we will take note of all the information provided in the responses and will prioritise:

  • Increasing the number of libraries that contribute to the sample.
  • Reviewing the registration process.
  • Raising awareness of what qualifies for PLR and the importance of keeping registrations up to date.

Some of the above will require government changes to the PLR Scheme; others will require technical changes to the PLR system. As a result, they may take time to implement. As changes are made, we will continue to update all our users through our bi-annual e-newsletters and website updates. We also post updates on PLR and other relevant news on Twitter.

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19 September 2016

New PLR video

We have produced a promotional video for all new authors in which Tracy Chevalier, Alexis Deacon and SF Said talk about the value of PLR to them and the ease of registration. The video can be viewed here.

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3 August 2016

Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right - New member

We are pleased to announce that Ayub Khan has been appointed to the British Library Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right. Ayub is the Customer Service Manager (Face to Face) at Warwickshire County Council.

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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6 July 2016

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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27 June 2016

Eligibility for PLR following Referendum

Eligibility for UK PLR will remain unchanged for now following the result of the Referendum on Thursday 23 June. All eligible authors, including those from EEA countries, may still apply for UK PLR. The UK PLR office will also continue to administer the Irish PLR scheme.

Please note: The deadline to register new books/editions to be included in the calculations for the next payment round is Thursday 30 June 2016.

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17 June 2016

Invitation from Tom Holland, Chair of the Public Lending Right (PLR) Advisory Committee to take part in a UK PLR survey

The UK PLR office has commissioned a survey to find out the views of both registered and unregistered authors. The research will be conducted on PLR’s behalf by IFF Research, an independent market research company.

PLR entitles eligible writers, illustrators, photographers, editors, translators, narrators, producers and other contributors to receive payment from government funds for the loans of their books from public libraries in the UK.

If you are eligible for PLR, whether you are currently registered for the PLR Scheme or not we would like your feedback on your experience of PLR.

We will use the results from this research to arrive at a better understanding of what both registered and not yet registered users think of the service, what improvements can be made and how best to market the UK PLR scheme to ensure that all authors receive what they are entitled to. We will publish a summary of the survey results on our website.

The survey will take no more than 10 minutes of your time to complete.

In accordance with Market Research Society guidelines, all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and reported on an aggregated and anonymous basis.

If you have any questions about this research or about IFF Research, who are conducting the research on PLR’s behalf, please contact Leanne Buksztel (Leanne.Buksztel@iffresearch.com) at IFF Research on 020 7250 3035.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support.

To provide your views, please click on the link below to access the online survey:

http://www.iffresearch.com/surveys/PLRRESEARCH/

Please note that this survey will close at midnight on Friday 8 July 2016.

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17 May 2016

Registration reminder for UK and Irish PLR schemes

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on Thursday 30 June 2016 to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than Thursday 30 June 2016.

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.

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25 April 2016

Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right - New member

We are pleased to announce that Nick Yapp has been appointed to the British Library Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right. Nick is a writer and long-standing member of the Writers’ Guild.  He is also currently President of the European Writers’ Council.

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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22 March 2016

Revised UK PLR statements and payments

During its routine annual audit, the National Audit Office identified an error in the calculation that creates the annual PLR figures. As a result of a manual input error the overall loans figure for the London region was under represented when calculating the total sample.

Following consultation with the Department for Culture Media and Sport and with their approval, authors whose payments are affected will receive an extra payment. Additional loans using the recalculated figures will be paid at 7.67p, the agreed Rate Per Loan for 2014-15.

Our calculations have now been corrected and verified.  Revised statements will be issued to those affected and payments will be made between 23 and 30 March 2016.  Collecting society members will be paid via their nominated collecting society.

The error has no effect on the Irish PLR payments made in December 2015.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and wish to reassure you that we are putting measures in place so this will not happen again.  Please see our Questions & Answers for further details or contact us for specific enquiries.

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5 February 2016

Released today most borrowed authors and books in UK libraries

Children's authors dominate loans from UK public libraries - Public libraries providing `vital' service for younger readers... (click here to read more)

PLR announces most popular audio-books in UK public libraries - PLR makes first ever payments on audio-book titles... (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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7 January 2016

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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4 January 2016

Community/volunteer libraries & PLR

We are aware that the recent changes to how libraries are run including the setting up of community and volunteer libraries may have the potential to restrict the sample from which PLR can select. However, it should be noted that if a community-supported library forms part of a library authority’s statutory provision, it would still fall within the PLR scheme. Under the PLR legislation local community libraries set up by independent groups and managed outside the local authority public library service cannot be included in the PLR library ‘sample’. (Only public libraries operating as part of the statutory library service provided by local authorities under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act qualify for PLR.)

As community libraries remain a minority this should not be a cause for concern at present.  The ‘grossing up’ calculation of actual loans to give a national figure (taken from the library borrowing figures reported by CIPFA) should address any anomalies with the number of loans we would expect from each library authority.

However, the PLR team will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the sample is not adversely affected.

Further details of the libraries participating in the PLR sample are available here.

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