Lending Rights

The Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) Schemes differ from licences managed by the Copyright Agency.

The Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) schemes are Australian Government cultural programs administered by the Ministry for the Arts.

The schemes are intended to compensate authors and publishers for the loss of potential sales income due to their books being available for use for free from public and educational lending libraries. They are not copyright payments.

The licence schemes administered by Copyright Agency differ from the PLR and ELR schemes in a number of important respects.

These include:

  • the licence fees allow the use of copyright content that would otherwise require a copyright clearance
  • the licence schemes cover the use of both Australian and foreign content
  • the distribution of licence fees reflects the usage of content by licensees
  • most of the content used in under the education licences is content that has been produced for the education sector


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