Payback 2002 - Claim it!
It's Payback time!
Photographers in the UK who have had work reproduced on television or
in books or magazines can make a claim for Payback 2002. The money
for Payback 2002 comes from the copyright fees for secondary uses of
artistic works, which are collected by DACS on behalf of all visual
artists. The Design and Artists Copyright Society is the copyright
body in the UK that protects the rights of visual artists. DACS works
closely with artists' organisations including NUJ to represent
the widest possible community of visual creators and to raise
awareness of Payback.
"DACS was delighted with
the response from photographers to the Payback 2001 campaign",
says Joanna Cave, DACS Chief Executive. Photographers are becoming
increasingly aware of this source of copyright income and we look
forward to receiving more claims from photographers in Payback 2002."
Many photographers are familiar
with copyright licensing for primary uses of their work. The money
available to claim through Payback 2002 is generated by the secondary
uses of artistic works. These uses - such as the off-air
recording of television programmes or photocopying of published
materials - are often difficult or impossible to control on an
individual basis. Typically, these uses are licensed collectively
under blanket licensing schemes. There are several such schemes in
the UK, and DACS has campaigned for many years to collect a share of
the money generated for visual artists from these schemes.
Eventually, persistence paid
off and the money available to claim in Payback 2002 has been
collected by DACS from a number of schemes in the UK licensing
secondary uses of television programmes and published materials. This
year, DACS will also be distributing revenue from photocopying for
the first time. This addition to the Payback fund has helped to push
this year's total past the £500,000 mark.
Payback 2002 is now under way.
Advertising inviting you to "Claim it!" is appearing in
visual arts magazines and in flyers, and visual arts organisations
are distributing this year's claim forms. DACS is trying to
reach the widest possible audience to spread the Payback message. As
Joanna Cave, Chief Executive of DACS points out, "People may not
realise that they qualify for money through Payback but it is worth
submitting a claim: last year, some claims ran to thousands of
pounds." In Payback 2001, 17 of the 50 most successful claimants
Payback is yet another good
reason why photographers should retain their rights. Through links
with organisations like DACS there is the chance to influence how
your rights are licensed, and by making a claim to Payback, there is
an opportunity to earn some money from licensing schemes. As long as
you know when a work was broadcast on television or published in a
book or magazine a claim can be filed. You do not need to be a member
of DACS to claim.
Contact DACS for a claim form
or download one through the website - www.dacs.org.uk.
If you have claimed before and your contact information hasn't
changed, a claim form will be sent to you automatically. The deadline
for submitting claims is 30th September 2002.
For further information:
Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
Tel: 020 7553 9052
Tel: 020 7336 8811
Fax: 020 7336 8822