Story: Arts funding and support

Public lending right

Public lending right

The public lending right payment goes to authors who are citizens or residents of New Zealand and whose books are held in New Zealand libraries. It is a small annual payment in recognition of the royalty payments lost when readers borrow a book rather than buy it. First paid in 1973, the amount was $1.30 per copy held; in 2013 it was $2.65. Although the payment is based on holdings in libraries, most of which are local-government funded, the money comes from central government.

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Martin Durrant, 'Arts funding and support - Government support for the arts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by Martin Durrant, published 22 Oct 2014