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Payback for photographers

DACS, the collecting society for photographers and artists and designers, has a share of over £3 million in Payback royalties to pay to NUJ members whose work has been reproduced in UK books and magazines or broadcast on certain UK television channels.

Last year the average royalty payment made to an NUJ member was £655 and the highest payment was £4150. What's more, anyone who makes a successful Payback claim is guaranteed a minimum of £25.

Payback royalties come from revenue generated through various UK collective licensing schemes and include the photocopying of books and magazines by local government departments, universities and other businesses. DACS negotiates a share of this collective licensing revenue which we distribute to thousands of visual artists each year through Payback.

NUJ members have until 31 October 2012 to claim their share and those who qualify for Payback will receive their royalties in December.

The easiest way to claim is to fill in a form online at

Alternatively members can request a paper claim form by contacting DACS on 020 7553 9099 or

Further information about Payback can be found at * Payback from DACS

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