Advanced Info – Blog Post 4 – Public Lending Right Program and Creative Commons

Complete Part One and Part Two.

Part one:  What is the Public Lending Right Program?  Why was it established? Post your answers on your blog.  Read:  Toronto Public Library sadly embraces ‘culture of free‘ (By: Noah Richler Published on Sat Dec 20 2014).  What is TPL’s policy now?  What are the issues presented by Richler? What do YOU think? Why? Post your answer on your blog.

Part two:  Go to Creative Commons.  Find an image with a CC by 2.0 licence.  Create a citation for it. Post the image and your citation on your blog.


Part 1:

The Public Lending Right Program (PLR) was created to distribute annual payments to Canadian authors. The PLR gives a royalty for each book purchased and an extra fee for each book purchased by a public library. This was established because public libraries loan material out to hundreds and thousands of people each year. Before the PLR, thousands of people were reading books borrowed by their public library but authors were only getting royalties for the single book that was purchased; not all of the times their book was loaned. Because of PLR, authors who register with the program can now get extra royalties from their works purchased by public libraries. But what about books that are donated to public libraries? Since they were originally bought by a single reader does the author still get royalties from all the loans at the library?

In December of 2014 the Toronto Public Library was offering to pay five dollars for good book donations. This article claims that no money is going to the authors if books are donated to a library. The Toronto Public Library has now created a list of books that they are able to accept donations of. They will buy books from this list for five dollars if they are in new condition and have the original dust jacket. Richler described that the ‘culture of free’ played a large part in the Toronto Public libraries program, saying that people try their hardest not to pay for things which causes artists to not be rewarded for their work. I don’t agree with everything that Richler says but I do agree that authors should be paid someway for materials donated to the library. Richler had a very aggressive way of thinking when it comes to free materials, I have a very different point of view about free materials than he does.

Part 2:


Image by EmmyMik. CC BY 2.0.

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