Public Lending Right in Ireland
Public Lending Rights allows authors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. Under PLR, authors who are resident in the EEA and have registered their books can receive payment for loans made by public libraries.
The Copyright Bill 2007 introduced the framework for a Public Lending Right Scheme in Ireland in November 2007.
Public Lending Right in Ireland was established by the Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act 2007.
The Act enables the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to establish a Public Lending Remuneration scheme. The regulations establishing the scheme, S.I. No. 597 of 2008, were signed on 31st December 2008.
The Scheme in Ireland was run by the Library Council from 2009 to 2012.
In 2012 the Library Council announced enhanced co-operation with PLR UK for the efficient running of the scheme. The Irish PLR payments from December 2012 will be facilitated through an agency agreement between ICLA and PLR UK and payments are made in February each year. For more information see www.plr.ie
Public Lending Right from UK Library Loans
Public Lending Right payments from the UK scheme to authors residing in Ireland are paid in February of each year. Statements issue directly from PLR UK to authors in January and amounts will be shown in Euro.
The thresholds for the UK PLR scheme have been changed since the February 2007 payment. The minimum payment is now down from £5 to £1 and the maximum is up from £6,000 to £6,600.
The UK PLR scheme requires registration. You can register online at www.plr.uk.com. You must register by 30th June for payment the following February.
Authors can apply for both the UK and Irish PLR schemes using the dual registration forms here [https://www.plr.uk.com/registrationservice/formsLeaflets.htm]
Public Lending Right from other Countries
ICLA currently receives public lending right remuneration for Irish resident authors from schemes in Austria, Lithuania, France and the Netherlands. All amounts are paid in the February author distribution.