Ceart Iasachta Poiblí

What is it?

This is the right of an author to receive from the public purse a payment for the loan of works from public libraries’. The first system was established in Denmark in the 1940s and PLR is now part of  EU and national law.  PLR came into Irish law on 4thDecember 2007, when the Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act 2007 was signed by the President.

How does it work?

The current Irish scheme is modelled on the well established and successful UK system. Authors (and illustrators etc.) are required to register their personal details (name, address, etc.) and the details (title, date of publication, ISBN, etc.) of each edition of each book they wish to claim PLR for.

The details are entered into an author/title database and checked against bibliographic databases

Where does the information come from?

A PLR computer module is installed on the computerised library management system of each library authority. This module extracts details of each relevant item loaned. At the end of the PLR period, the library loans data will be matched to the author/title data and a report of the number of times each registered book was issued during that period will be produced. The amount of money to be paid to each registered author will then be calculated by multiplying the rate per loan by the number of loans. A minimum and maximum payment will be set.

Payments will then be made to each author.

Below is the list of the top 20 items borrowed (and registered for PLR) for December 2009 in South Dublin Libraries

Dec 2009

ISBN

Title

Contributors

Publisher

Year

 1

9780862787905

Moncaí dána

Aine Ni Ghlinn: ill Aileen Caffrey

Clo Ui Bhriain

2002

 2

9781406316254

Where's Wally? : the ultimate travel collection

Martin Handford

Walker

2008

 3

9781904233657

Twilight

Stephenie Meyer

Atom

2007

 4

9780571242375

All names have been changed

Claire Kilroy

Faber

2009

 5

9781845063580

One snowy night

 

Little Tiger Press

2006

 6

9780956002747

Official Driver Theory Test

 

Prometric Ireland Ltd

2009

 7

9781842555460

Horrid Henry's Christmas cracker

Francesca Simon ; illustrated by Tony Ross

Orion Children's

2006

 8

9780385610124

My sister Jodie

Jacqueline Wilson ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Doubleday

2008

 9

9781847171245

Danny's crazy Christmas

Brianog Brady Dawson ; illustrated by Michael Connor

O'Brien

2008

 10

9780593057049

Gone Tomorrow

Lee Child

Transworld

 2009

 11

9781844138234

The appeal

John Grisham

Century

2008

 12

9780330447546

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

Pan Macmillan

2007

 13

9781408305522

Ruby and Kylie's fairy time

Daisy Meadows

Orchard

2009

 14

9781858815725

Horrid Henry gets rich quick

Francesca Simon ; illustrated by Tony Ross

Orion

2005

 15

9780330450133

The pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett

Pan

2007

 16

9780747582977

A thousand splendid suns

Khaled Hosseini

Bloomsbury

2007

 17

9781858818252

Horrid Henry's revenge

Francesca Simon: ill Tony Ross

Dolphin

2001

 18

9781904233886

New moon

Stephenie Meyer

Atom

 2007

 19

9780007241613

Skulduggery Pleasant

Derek Landy

HarperCollins

2007

 20

9780007267156

Playing with fire

Derek Landy

Harper Collins

 2008