PLR conference held in Budapest, 20-22 April 2007
The European Writers Congress (EWC-FAEE AISBL), working in partnership with:
the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association (NFF)
the UK PLR Office
the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture
the Josef Attila Circle, Literary Association of Young Writers (JAK)
Petöfi Museum of Literature,
held a conference on Public Lending Right at the Károlyi Palace in Budapest, on 20-22 April 2007.
The conference organisers invited delegates from authors’ organisations in European countries where PLR is not yet established, or has only recently been set up. 40 delegates participated in the discussions and updates following the country reports. The participants’ country of origin include the following: Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Estonia, Norway, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, and Luxembourg.
The conference is the latest in a series of such meetings organised under EWC auspices and supported financially by NFF and Kopinor to encourage and support the development of new PLR systems across the EU. The next PLR conference will be held in Croatia in 2009.
Public Lending Right (PLR) is the right of authors to receive payment when their works are borrowed from libraries. There are PLR systems in 23 countries and it is the subject of a European Union Directive – the 1992 Directive on Lending and Rental Right (Directive 92/100/EEC) – which all Member States must implement. PLR is an important right for authors and in a growing number of European countries provides them with essential income towards supporting their writing and livelihoods. But not all Member States have implemented the Directive yet. The European Commission is currently taking legal proceedings against several of the more established States (e.g. Spain, Italy and Portugal) for their lack of progress.
The PLR conferences are aimed primarily at authors’ organisations and provide advice, information and technical assistance to authors’ organisations and other agencies towards the establishment of PLR in their own countries.
Download the Conference Resolution here.
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