We distribute public lending remunerations to visual artists. If you have created or took images or photographs for a book, you can register as a visual artist of books at the public lending remuneration service at https://kopiostoextra.fi/lainauskorvaus.
Once you have registered as a visual artist of a publication, you are entitled to be compensated for the lending of the publication in question as long as the compensation is included in the lending statistics.
Illustrations that grant visual artists the right to be compensated include drawings, comics, pictures of artworks, photographs and cover images. The range of publications that receives remunerations varies annually depending on lendings.
Every year, a new lending statistic is applied to the remuneration, and the oldest statistic is removed. Public lending remunerations are retroactively distributed to authors every three years. The minimum amount of remunerations to be distributed is EUR 10.
The public lending remuneration is an author-specific remuneration, and authors must register to the system. We only distribute remunerations to private persons.
Taxation of copyright remunerations
Copyright remunerations are liable to taxation. We accept tax cards for secondary employment, freelancers and remunerations for usage for the purposes of distributing the remunerations.
Submit a copy of your tax card to us when you are paid remunerations for the first time. We will receive your withholding tax rates directly from the tax administration after this. Pensioners and minors must submit their tax cards to us every year.
Report any changes in your taxation details by submitting an updated tax card to us. If we are unaware of your valid withholding tax rate, the default rate of 60 % is applied. We do not perform any retroactive rectifications to the withholding tax. The withholding tax is not applied to remunerations under EUR 20.
If you are a permanent resident of a foreign country under restricted tax liability in Finland, submit a withholding tax report to us. The withholding tax report can be found in the section “More information” at the bottom of the page. In the event that your restricted tax liability ends, you must submit a valid tax card to us.
The tax administration does not require a separate notice of distributed copyright remunerations.
You can register as the visual artist of your publications in the Kopiosto public lending remuneration service at https://kopiostoextra.fi/lainauskorvaus. In the service, you can find publications eligible for remunerations and register as an author of one, review and update your customer details and browse your own publications.
The current remuneration distribution is based on the public lending statistics of 2012–2015. The public lending right scheme applies to books that have been lent the most: depending on the year of lending, 25,000–50,000 publications that have been lent the most and which account for 70–85 % of all public lendings are eligible for remunerations.
Tips for searching for publications in the public lending remuneration service:
- The data concerning illustrations in the lending statistics used as the basis of remuneration distribution are regrettably often incomplete. This is why it is advisable to search for books you have provided illustrations to in the list of publications eligible for lending remunerations with the main author’s name (in most cases, the libraries’ catalogues use the writer’s name), the title of the book and/or the ISBN identifier one search term at a time.
- Indicate the types of images (e.g. drawing, comic, photograph) you have created for the publication. If you hold more than one role of a visual artist of a publication, please indicate the type of illustration you have created in the largest quantity.
- The amount of author-specific remunerations concerning a single publication depends on the ratio between the number of images reported by the author and the total number of images in the publication. Please indicate the proportion of images created by you in the publication as a percentage (1–100 %) or a number (number of own images/total number of images in the publication). Depending on circumstances, the illustration proportion report can be based on an estimate, accurate information or an agreement between the authors.
In Finland, the administration of public lending rights and the distribution of remunerations are performed by three copyright organisations. Kopiosto, Sanasto and Teosto are in charge of the public lending right schemes of authors of visual arts and photography, authors of literary works and authors of musical works, respectively.
Public lending remunerations are distributed to text, image and music authors from the EEA. According to law, authors are entitled to remunerations when their works, such as the text, illustrations, notes or phonograms, are lent to the public. The distribution of the public lending remunerations financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture to authors is based on the lending statistics of public libraries. The allocated sum to be used for the public lending right scheme is defined annually in the state budget.
The public lending right scheme applies to books and phonograms available to be lent at public libraries. In practice, it applies to the copyrighted material of printed and audio books, phonograms and sheet music: text, images and music.
The basis of the public lending remunerations is a sample of the lending statistics of public libraries that includes the majority of publications with the highest amount of lendings.
Public lending remunerations have been distributed in Finland since 2007.
Public lending remuneration work group
Matters concerning the public lending right of visual artists are processed by an expert group consisting of rightsholders’ representatives in cooperation with Kopiosto. The Kopiosto member organisations from the field of visual arts are represented in the work group: Grafia, the Finnish Illustration Association, the Finnish Comics Professionals, Finnfoto – the Central Association of Finnish Photographic Organisations and Kuvasto.
Kopiosto public lending remuneration work group members
Tommi Nilsson, Kuvasto, chairman
Boris Fagerström, Finnfoto
Heli Halme, the Finnish Illustration Association
Kalervo Pulkkinen, the Finnish Comics Professionals
Katri Soramäki, Grafia
Mikko Säteri, Finnfoto