Photographers urged to claim their share of £4m

Photographers and illustrators whose work has been published in the UK any year up to the end of 2010 should draw a large pound sign in their diaries by Monday June 13, 2011.

Announcing the date, the Design and & Artists’ Copyright Society said this is when it plans Payback – the release of a share of royalties to any visual artist whose work has been reproduced in the UK.

The annual distribution, which will this year climb to £4million, covers any reproduction of photos or artwork in UK books or magazines or on certain UK television channels, DACS said.

The society negotiates these royalties from revenue generated through collective licensing schemes, used “where it would be difficult or near impossible” for the creator to be aware of or licence rights on an individual basis.

One example cited by DACS is when someone, perhaps a lecturer in a university or a council officer at a local authority, has photocopied a page of a book or magazine which features the creator’s work.

Last year, DACS paid out a share of £3.8 million to almost 13,000 visual artists – representing an average Payback royalty payment of £295. But the highest payment to an individual creator was £6,382.

“This year we have £4 million to share amongst visual artists,” said DACS’s Nicolas Watkins, compared with £3.8m at the previous Payback.

“All you need to do is fill in a simple Payback claim form telling us how many publications and television programmes your work has featured in. What’s more you can claim for the same published work every year and so your royalty payment could increase as you add new work to your claim.”

First-time claimants were invited to register their details by emailing Previous claimants will be sent details about how to claim by post or email, but all claims must be submitted no later than September 9, 2011.



1st June 2011

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