If you are a photographer or visual artist whose work has been published in the past year, you could claim a share of a u00a34million royalty pot.

DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society), a

not-for-profit artists’ rights organisation, is once again preparing to launch

Payback, its annual service that allows artists to claim royalties for use of

published works.

If your work with copyright-protected artworks

has been published in a book or magazine or included in a television broadcast,

you can apply for a share in Payback.

Payback royalties are obtained through

collective licensing schemes, which cover things such as photocopying of books

by government departments and businesses, or repeats of television programmes.

Last year 15,000 artists received a share of almost £4million.

Payback launches on August 1 and runs until

October 31. For more information, visit www.dacs.org.uk/for-artists/payback.