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Registering for royalties

If you write or contribute to books, journal or magazine articles, scripts, or visual contributions to books, magazines and journals, you may be entitled to payments from royalties when someone copies or uses your work.

If you write or contribute to books, journal or magazine articles, scripts, or produce visual contributions to books, magazines and journals, you may be entitled to payment when someone copies or uses your work.

UK and Irish PLR (Public Lending Right)

PLR is the right for authors to receive payment for the loans of their books by public libraries.

To qualify for payment, applicants must apply to register their books, audio-books, Ebooks and E-audio-books. Authors are paid once a year.

To register for the UK PLR scheme, at the time of application you must have your only home or principal home in the UK or in any of the other countries within the European Economic Area (ie EC Member States plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein).  However, please note that under the provisions of the PLR legislation authors resident in UK overseas territories and crown dependencies such as the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Gibraltar are not eligible to apply for PLR registration.

ALCS (Authors Licensing and Collecting Society)

ALCS is a not-for-profit organisation that pays members from ‘secondary uses’ of their work. This is where someone uses a work that’s already been distributed – such as when schools photocopy books they own, or libraries lend books. They also collect from overseas public lending right (PLR) schemes.

As well as sole authors, ALCs pays editors, translators and writers of chapters, essays and poems included in books.

When you sign up, you need to claim for the works you have created or contributed to. ALCS then collects the royalties due and makes payments twice a year.

Lifetime membership of ALCS costs £36. ALCS charges a commission (currently 9.5%) on the money they pay you to cover the running of the company.

ALCS are mainly a UK organisation. Overseas authors are welcome to join, but it may be more convenient for you to join your local collecting society. They have reciprocal agreements with over 55 collecting societies around the world, and can transfer your money to them if they’ve collected payments for you. To find out more about your local collecting society, please contact ALCS.

Links

British Library UK and Irish PLR

ALCS