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Launch of PLR Scheme

The National Book Council (NBC) would like to announce that today, payments to Maltese authors according to the Public Lending Rights scheme have been issued for the first time ever. Said remuneration has been made possible following an extensive consultation process and a carefully formulated political and administrative plan to rule the issuing of payments.

 

The aim of these payments is that of recompensing Maltese authors for the use of their books in Public Libraries. This is widespread practice in Europe and is slowly picking up across the world. The introduction of the PLR is to bring Malta in line with the European Union 2006/115/EC directive.

 

For this year, Maltese authors will benefit from €25,000 worth of payments, with the first payment covering lending in the last season of 2014. Meanwhile, the NBC is doing its utmost to put the necessary pressure on Malta Libraries to accelerate the cataloging process so that authors who are not yet benefiting from this scheme on their recently published books, will have their books available on library shelves as soon as possible.

 

The list of authors and respective remuneration for the lending of books covering the period 15/9/2014 – 8/1/2014 is as follows: 

Author

Number of books borrowed

Remuneration (€)

Darren Agius

4

1.47

Clare Azzopardi

924

340.63

Mario Azzopardi

175

64.51

Carmel Baldacchino

25

9.22

John A. Bonello

148

54.56

Rita Antoinette Borg

92

33.92

Steve Borg

45

16.59

Angela Briffa

18

6.64

Charles Briffa

218

80.37

Anna-Maria Buhagiar

2

.74

Mark Camilleri

58

21.38

Mark Camilleri, 1975-

6

2.21

Tony Cardona

4

1.47

Charles Casha

942

347.27

Kenneth Cassar

2

0.74

Arnold Cassola

3

1.11

Carmel G. Cauchi

848

312.62

Michael Cini

9

3.32

Mario Cutajar

5

1.84

Tony C. Cutajar

493

181.74

Carlo O. D’Emanuela

48

17.70

Dennis Darmanin

1

0.37

Sebastian Debono

129

47.56

Victor Fenech

317

116.86

Edgar Formosa

89

32.31

Henry Frendo

10

3.69

Audrey Friggieri

74

27.28

Oliver Friggieri

366

134.93

Lorraine Galea

1

0.37

Anton Grasso

169

62.30

Jesmond Grech

239

88.11

Rita Grech

767

282.75

Sergio Grech

41

15.11

Guido G. Lanfranco

146

53.82

Gino Lombardi

195

71.89

Charles Micallef St. John

306

112.81

Marija Montebello

4

1.47

Adrian Muscat

4

1.47

Theresa Pace

86

31.70

Ġorġ Peresso

208

76.68

Charles Daniel Saliba

52

19.17

Rita Saliba

222

81.84

Patrick Sammut

43

15.85

Salv Sammut

118

43.50

Saviour Sammut

76

28.02

Keith Sciberras

7

2.58

Lillian Sciberras

3

1.11

Carmel Scicluna

109

40.18

Charles B. Spiteri

402

148.20

Guże’ Stagno

54

19.91

Carmel Tabone

4

1.47

Natasha Turner

44

16.22

Alex Vella Gera

48

17.70

Mark Vella

29

10.69

William Zammit

3

1.11

Trevor Zahra

5128

1890.44

 

 

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