Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Do you have a good reason not to sign this?

Following the announcement that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport plans to reduce Public Lending Right (PLR) funding, a 10 Downing Street e-petition has been set up to protest at the cuts.

Public Lending Right is the right for authors, illustrators, photographers, translators and editors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. More than 23,000 people are entitled to receive payment under this scheme, and for many the annual PLR payment is an important part of their income. PLR is particularly valuable to those people who receive little or no royalty on book sales — their books are more often borrowed from libraries than bought in shops.

Please spare a minute to sign the petition.

4 comments:

Minx said...

Done!

Anonymous said...

hi,agree with this,and just a side issue,it can be very difficult to loan a book from a library if your homeless,reason they want so much information from you in the first place,and one of the major stummbling blocks is Address,if your on the streets,its no go...
also staying with a friend? can cause problems,as they can check electrol roll,and of course, your name does not appear,the list goes on,as well as the excuses why you cannot loan a book,and forgot to mention,this also applys to using the IT,in librarys....
regards homelesschicken

Debi said...

HC - once again thanks for sharing this. I knew about it but hearing it from someone it directly affects is powerful stuff. xxx

Sharon J said...

Signed!

I've never thought about how homeless people or those staying with friends/relations would get on at the library but when I think about it now, I had to produce two utility bills and two forms of ID in order to join. If my eldest daughter came to live here now, she wouldn't have utlity bills of her own so wouldn't be able to join the library.

Bloody heck! This is unfair on a LOT of people.