Has your work been used in a book, magazine or on TV?
If so, you're probably eligible for Payback royalties, in addition to other copyright royalties you may have already received. That's because Payback covers secondary uses of your images, such as photocopying.
Every year we negotiate a share of royalties which we pay to eligible artists who've signed up to the scheme. It’s worth it: last year the average payment was over £258.
All kinds of visual artists benefit from Payback including photographers, fine artists, illustrators, sculptors and cartoonists to name just a few.
Are you eligible?
Are you a visual artist with copyright protected artworks, or their authorised representative?
Has your work ever appeared in a UK book, magazine or TV programme?
Can you provide examples of where your work has been featured, with proof?
If you answer yes to all three questions, then you can apply for your share of Payback royalties.
How it works
1. We collect revenues for visual artists
We negotiate a share of the revenues already collected from organisations for the books and magazines they photocopy or the TV programmes they record. This gives us a pot of money to distribute to those whose artwork has been published and/or broadcast.
2. You sign up for your share of the royalties
Simply supply up to six examples of your published work, with proof (eg ISBN numbers for books, ISSN or barcode numbers for magazines or the channel and title of TV broadcasts).
3. Complete your application online
If you prefer, you can request a paper form. Once we've received your form, our team will then calculate your share of the royalties.
4. You receive your royalties
We pay your royalties before the end of the year, usually by bank transfer.
I’ve been claiming Payback for years and at first it felt almost too good to be true - but actually you deserve it and I think all illustrators should claim.
Tom Gauld, cartoonist and illustrator
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