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Public Lending Right rate to increase

Subject: Intellectual property/Copyright/Public Lending Right

Source: Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variation) Order 2020

The Public Lending Right Act 1979 provides for the public lending right scheme (the PLR Scheme) which confers on authors a right to receive a payment from time to time out of a central fund in respect of loans of their books to the public by local library authorities in the UK. The 1979 Act came into force on 1 March 1980.

The ‘rate per loan’ paid to authors under the PLR Scheme will increase from 8.52p to 9.03p with effect from 4 February 2020.


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