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I was wondering if anyone can help me with this.

I am a Canadian illustrator, and I receive a PLR payment for my books that are included in Canadian libraries.

I noticed that my book is also in Australian libraries, and that Australia has a PLR payment program too.

Does anyone know if I can apply to the Australian side for PLR payments for Australia? I am not sure if PLR is restricted to your own country of residence or whether it's only based on where your books are.

Also, I don't think the US does PLR payments?
#1 - February 23, 2015, 11:10 AM
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Hi Charlene,

I am an Australian author who claims PLR in Australia. I can't claim it in other countries that I have investigated because there are no such arrangements for foreign authors. I'm afraid the same applies to you in Australia.
This quote is from the Australian PLR web site:
"Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) are Australian Government cultural programs which make payments to eligible Australian creators and publishers in recognition that income is lost through the free multiple use of their books in public and educational lending libraries." Here is the web site address:
http://arts.gov.au/literature/lending_rights

Here is a web site about international PLR organizations:
http://www.plr.ie/links/

#2 - February 23, 2015, 02:21 PM
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Also, I don't think the US does PLR payments?

No, the US does not do this, alas.
#3 - February 23, 2015, 02:46 PM
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Um, I'm Canadian and had no idea about this!!  :shocked
#4 - February 23, 2015, 03:33 PM
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JulieM - Thanks for the answer! Oh well, I guess I'll just have to be content with the Canadian PLR.

Marissa - Thanks for clearing up the question on the US side!

Artemesia - You should totally apply if your books are in the library. The registration period is open until May, after that you'll have to wait till they open it again next Feb. Here's the Canadian PLR site: http://plr-dpp.ca/PLR/default.aspx

BTW they send a letter along with the cheque saying that the payment is taxable and should be entered under 'other income'.
#5 - February 23, 2015, 03:59 PM
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yes I have 4 books as author/illustrator in the libraries here! All 4 were 2014 titles, and only two would have been eligible to register last year, so at least I haven't missed much. Thanks so much for the info! I can't believe I didn't know this!
#6 - February 23, 2015, 04:07 PM
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FYI, the ELR in Australia stands for Educational Lending Rights (or something similar) and refers to books that are in SCHOOL libraries. Maybe you have something similar too? We have to apply for PLR (public libraries) and ELR (school libraries) separately, as not every book will be relevant to both schemes.
#7 - February 23, 2015, 06:02 PM
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