Have you inherited the copyright to an artwork which has been published in a UK book, magazine or TV programme?

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 and estates who sign up to the scheme. It’s worth it - last year individual payments ranged from £25 to £4,215.

All types of artwork are eligible including fine art, photography, illustration and comic art.

The Payback website may be temporarily unavailable on Friday 23 March. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Are you eligible?

  • Are you the beneficiary of a deceased artist? Have you inherited the copyright in their artworks?
  • Has their work ever appeared in a UK book, magazine or TV programme?
  • Can you provide examples of where the work appeared, with proof?

If you answer yes to all three questions, then you can apply for your share of Payback royalties. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for full eligibility criteria.

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.

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  2. 2. You submit a Publication History claim form online by 12 February

    We are no longer accepting Publication History Claim Forms as the deadline for applications was 12 February 2018.
    Please note: If you have completed a Publication History Claim before the deadline, you must also complete and submit a Payback Claim Form by 4 May to be eligible for any share of Payback royalties.

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  3. 3. You submit your Payback Claim form online by 4 May

    Provide your overall number of works published in UK books and magazines up until 31 December 2017.  You can also claim for work featured on UK TV programmes broadcast in 2017 only. You must complete this form to be eligible for any share of Payback 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 Autumn 2018.

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