Detail of outcome
The Government having considered the consultation responses, the PLR Scheme was varied and section 31 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 was commenced to extend the Public Lending Right to include remote lending of e-books and e-audiobooks.
Detail of feedback received
DCMS ran a three week public consultation from 4 - 24 May 2018 on proposed technical amendments to the PLR Scheme.
We received 8 responses, these included key organisations for the sector representing authors, libraries, publishers, and booksellers. The government concluded that stakeholders welcomed the technical amendments to the PLR Scheme.
This consultation seeks views on proposed technical amendments to the PLR Scheme to:
- reflect the extension of the PLR to include remote e-lending, in line with section 31 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 when commenced
- clarify that authors resident in the UK will continue to be eligible to register for PLR following the UK’s exit from the EU
- remove an outdated and unnecessary requirement for authors registering for PLR for the first time, including first time posthumous applications, to provide a certificate signed by an independent witness
The proposed changes are intended to enable the PLR Office at the British Library to continue to administer the PLR Scheme fairly and effectively when the relevant provisions of the Digital Economy Act 2017 come into force and following the UK’s exit from the EU.