Has your work been published in the UK in a book, magazine or on TV?

If so, you may be eligible for Payback royalties, in addition to other copyright royalties you may have already received. That's because Payback covers secondary uses of your images, such as photocopying.

What is Payback?

Visual artists in the United States who have had their work published in United Kingdom can apply for Payback via ARS. Payback is an annual scheme by our sister society in the UK, DACS (Design & Artists Copyright Society) that distributes royalties for the secondary use of published images, such as from photocopying. Illustrators are eligible to benefit.  ARS Illustrators may apply online directly with DACS, or via ARS by filling out the form here.

Am I eligible to apply for Payback?

 1. You must own the copyright. The UK copyright laws are similar to those in the US.

 2. There is no backward limit to when the work needs to have been published. You may count your entire publication history through December 31, 2018.

How do I apply for Payback?

Complete the Payback 2020 form here. Your Payback 2020 application is due by February 2020.

  • Fill in your name and Zipcode (Postcode). Ignore the Claim Reference Number. ARS will fill in this number for you.

  • Fill in the total number of books in which you have been published during your career; provide the detailed information requested on 3 example books, and estimate the total number of times your images were published in books during your career.

  •  Repeat this process for the magazines section.

  • Count, or estimate, your total images published in books and magazines as closely as you can. When counting, count the number of times your images were used in total (e.g., cover, table of contents, chapter opener, article, etc.).

  •   For these examples, either books or magazines, the UK requires the ISBN for books, and the ISSN and Issue No./Cover date for magazines.

  •  If a book or magazine was published without an ISBN or ISSN number do not submit it. If you don’t have a physical copy, the following online resources may help you identify the ISBN or ISSN:

  • UK requires the 13-digit ISBN. (If you need to convert a 10-digit ISBN to a 13-digit ISBN do so here: https://isbnconverter.sampo.co.uk/)

  • You are also eligible for royalties if your work was broadcast on BBC, Discovery, A&E, National Geographic, CBBS CBeebi, or BBC News. 

  •  Send this form in by April 22 to secondaryrights@arsny.com.

 The Payback website can be found here: Payback.  The link to their Frequently Asked Questions page, detailing how the scheme works, and what is eligible (and what is not…!) is here: FAQs 

The deadline to submit to ARS for UK Payback 2020 is February 2020. 

 To apply via ARS, please fill out the attached form according to the above instructions and send to secondaryrights@arsny.com by April 22nd. We prefer to submit this on your behalf in one Excel form, but as you will note from the DACS site, you can also submit directly, which is also fine.