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 £235.

All kinds of visual artists benefit from Payback including photographers, fine artists, illustrators, sculptors and cartoonists to name just a few.

Submissions for Payback 2013 are now closed. Payback will re-open in summer 2014.

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. 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.

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  2. 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).

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  3. 3. Complete your claim online 

    If you prefer, you can request a paper claim form. Once we've received your claim, our team will then calculate your share of the royalties. 

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  4. 4. You receive your royalties

    We make royalty payments in December, usually by bank transfer.

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