Remote ebook lending and UK PLR

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DCMS is currently running a consultation to seek views on proposed technical amendments to the UK PLR Scheme

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently running a three week consultation to seek views on proposed technical amendments to the UK Public Lending Right (PLR) Scheme.  This includes the proposal to extend UK PLR from 1 July 2018 to include remote loans of ebooks and eaudio-books from public libraries. (The consultation closes at 5.00pm on Thursday 24 May 2018.)

If the Scheme is successfully extended from 1 July 2018 then remote ebook loans will be collected from this date and the first payments arising from the newly eligible loans will be made in February 2020.

In the meantime, authors can continue to register ebooks for UK PLR but loans will not generate any PLR earnings yet.  Further information can be found under our FAQs on Registration of non-print material.

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