Payback for photographers

THIS YEAR DACS has a share of £4 million of royalties to pay to NUJ members whose work has been reproduced in UK books or magazines or on certain television channels. DACS, the Design and Artists Copyright Society, negotiates these royalties on behalf of photographers and other visual artists. In 2010 DACS paid out a share of £3.8 million to almost 13,000 visual artists.

Last year the average NUJ member claimed £646, compared with the average Payback claim of £295. The highest payment made to a NUJ member was £6382, the highest payment made to any individual. Every NUJ member who makes a successful Payback claim is guaranteed a minimum of £25.

Payback royalties come from revenue generated through UK collective licensing schemes and include the photocopying of books and magazines by local government departments, universities and other businesses. Collective licensing is used in situations where it would be difficult or impossible for visual artists to licence their rights on an individual basis, for example when a university wants to photocopy pages from a book or magazine that features their work.

The easiest way to claim is to fill in the form online at - or alternatively request a claim form by post or email. Contact the Payback team on 020 7553 9062 or email

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