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Public Lending Right is the right of authors and other rightsholders to receive payment for the free public use of their works in libraries. PLR has been in existence since the 1940s. The first country to establish a PLR system was Denmark in 1946, followed by Norway in 1947 and Sweden in 1954.

In every PLR country the use of authors’ works in public libraries forms the bedrock of the system. Additionally, other types of library such as school and universities may be included.

PLR International (PLRI)  exists to bring together the countries that have PLR systems to facilitate the exchange of best practice and to provide advice and technical assistance to countries looking to set up their own PLR systems for the first time.

The PLR International Steering Committee is represented as follows: 

  • Trond Andreasson (Authors Association Representative)
  • Anne Bergman (Publishers Association Representative)
  • Jose Borghino (Publishers Association Representative)
  • Barbara Hayes (Authors Association Representative) Chair
  • Caroline Morgan (IFRRO Representative) Vice Chair and Treasurer
  • Christian Roblin (IFRRO Representative) 
  • Anne Salomaa (Authors Association Representative)
  • Carola Streul (Authors Association Representative)


PLR International is organised by

  • Jim Parker PLR International Co-Ordinator

Jim Parker can be reached at: jim.parker@plrinternational.com


Terms of reference for governance of PLRI can be found here.

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PLR Side event at WIPO SCCR 37

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