E-lending from libraries is growing, with annual libraries statistics from CIPFA showing over 3 million loans in the 2015/16 period. Writers are keen to see the Government develop the Public Lending Right (PLR) to fairly reflect modern media. It is good that authors works are available in as many formats as possible, however these books are not currently accounted for under Public Lending Right (PLR). The PLR system is designed to balance the social need for free public access to books against an author’s right to be remunerated for the use of their work, authors are not being remunerated for those loans despite the Government having committed in principle as long ago as March 2013.
Writers are keen to see the Government develop the Public Lending Right (PLR) to fairly reflect modern media. This problem could now be resolved in the upcoming Digital Economy Bill as an amendment was made to include this provision in Lords Amendment 46. To learn more about efforts to extend PLR to include e-lending, you can find more information on the subject in our briefings.
Safeguards for authors and performers in the UK are connected to upcoming EU directives that the UK has so far been involved in the development of, especially in the EU Draft Directive on the Digital Single Market.
The EU Draft Directive on the Digital Single Market proposes important safeguards for authors; this includes a right to regular, timely and sufficient information on the exploitation of authors works and remuneration due, and a right for authors to claim additional appropriate remuneration if the contractual remuneration is disproportionately low compared to the revenue their works generate.
To learn more about upcoming issues on authors rights, you can find briefings from a range of organisations here.