If you are a visual artist, writer, editor or translator, you could be eligible to register for Access Copyright. Access Copyright is a program that compensates Creators for the use of their works in schools, businesses and other organizations. Access Copyright manages licensing, collection of licensing fees and distribution of royalties on behalf of Creators.
Visual artists that qualify for the program include photographers, cartoonists, sculptors, fine artists/painters, multimedia artists, illustrators, craftsperson, architects and clothing designers. To be eligible for the Payback Program you must register by the end of December. Payment follows in the following year. Each year, Creators must make a Claim of their works published in print which must be completed between April 1 and May 31, 2014. This involves a fair bit of work if you have been in the business for a while and if this is your first time submitting. Once in the system, Creators only need to update their Claims. Visit the Access Copyright website for more detailed information.
As a photographer, all of my photographs and writings that are published in books, magazines, newspapers and journals are eligible. However, works published in calendars, advertisements, reports, online, etc are not eligible. This is also retroactive to the last 20 years. All I need to do is to keep up-to-date with my new publications during the year and fill out my Claim before May 31.
Don't procrastinate, register online today.
Described below is a program I found out while chatting with another colleague. In the process, I told him about a different program worth registering for called ACCESS COPYRIGHT. More about that program in a later post.
Today I want to mention the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program. This is a Canadian program from the CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS where Canadian registered authors receive monetary compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries. Generally speaking, works of fiction, poetry, drama, children's books, scholarly books, and general non-fiction are eligible. Certain kinds of books are ineligible, including e-books but this might change in 2014. Check the website for additional details on this matter.
Whether you are the sole author or part of a group of authors in a particular book, you could be eligible for a percentage of the fees allowed for that work. You may register for the PLR program from February 15 to May 1. If you miss the registration period, you will have to wait until next year! There is currently no online registration but the process is fairly straightforward.
Authors must complete forms that provide all the necessary information about their new books to the Public Lending Right Program. Payments are made on an annual basis based on a number of factors. While you may have published a number of books to date, unfortunately, payments are not retroactive so register now! Please visit the Public Lending Right (PLR) website for further details.