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 collect these royalties and pay a share to eligible artists who've signed up to the scheme. It’s worth it: last year the average payment was £285.
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 been featured in a UK book, magazine or included in a programme broadcast on television?
Can you provide examples of where your work has been featured, with proof?
If you answer yes to all three questions, then you can claim your share of Payback royalties. Payback is easy to claim, and it's your right as an artist.
How it works
1. We collect revenues on behalf of all UK visual artists
We take 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 claim 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 claim online between August and October
You can also complete a paper claim form if you prefer. Once we've received your claim, our team will then calculate your share of the royalties. Register online for Payback 2013 or contact us.
4. You receive your royalties
We make royalty payments in December, usually by bank transfer.
I’ve been claiming Payback for seven 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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