A number of US photographers may be able to collect royalties they never knew were owed to them, thanks to the efforts of the Authors Coalition of America to collect payment for photocopies of works by US authors that are made in foreign countries.

The ACA has published a royalty distribution list that names dozens of US authors–including some photographers–who are eligible to collect royalties. The list doesn’t say how much each author is eligible to collect, but those listed can fill out forms and contact the ACA about collecting the money.

The list, along with instructions for collecting payments, is posted here on the ACA Web site.

Among the photographers whose names appear on the list are Sam Abell, Walter Bibikow, Andrew Hetherington, Corinne Day, Philip Lorca di Corcia, Gary Hershorn and others.

The ACA is one of 22 author organizations in the US that formed a coalition in 1994 to receive and distribute royalties for photocopies of copyrighted works that are made in foreign countries.

The ACA says on its web site that the royalty collection system originally did not identify authors individually, so the royalties were “used for the benefit of authors” by the 22 organizations that received the royalties. Starting in 2007, however, the ACA began receiving so-called “title-specific” royalties for “visual materials authors.” That means the individual authors are identified in some cases, so the ACA is able to disburse those royalties to the identified authors.




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