Has your work been published 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 individual payments ranged from £25 to £4,215.

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

Payback is closed for 2017. It will be reopen for applications in January 2018. 

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. 1. We collect revenues for visual artists

    These come from various collective licensing schemes covering the secondary use of your images in UK publications and/or TV programmes.

  2. 2. Each year you complete an online form

    Provide 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). In 2017, Payback opened on 16 January and closed on 1 May.

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  3. 3. Publication history

    Complete a Publication History Form for the chance to top-up your royalties. The Copyright Licensing Agency matches this against their list of photocopied publications. If you get a match, you get extra royalties!

  4. 4. You receive your royalties

    We pay your royalties, usually by bank transfer once a year, minus a small percentage to cover our costs. In 2017, royalty payments were made at the end of September.