What is a collecting society or CMO?
A collecting society is a Collective Management Organisation (CMO) that specifically collects rights revenue for issued licences related to certain repertoires that are difficult to otherwise collect. So for example, if a secondary school teacher copies a chapter in a text book for a lesson, rather than the school teacher contacting each author or visual art representative for permission, a licence is issued to the governing body (in this case the Department for Education) for a period of time, such as three (3) years. The licence fee is then collected by the issuing CMO and then after taking an administration fee distributes it to the relevant party (see our secondary licensing diagram & link to the CLA). PICSEL is a new CMO representing visual works mandated to collect monies on behalf of its rights holders from the CMO issuing the licences.
How did PICSEL start?
A change in UK law provided for the first time an opportunity for rights holders to choose where to place their mandates to collect rights revenue. PICSEL was established as a Collective Management Organisation (CMO) in December 2015 to provide a fair and transparent alternative. It is an independent not-for-profit collecting society for pictures.
How can I become a member of PICSEL?
Firstly, PICSEL operates under a non-discriminatory policy; it is open to all visual rights holders who directly license images for books, magazines, and TV broadcasting, in the UK, which includes picture libraries and agencies – large or small – as well as individual creators.
Click here to complete our membership form, and click here to see our Code of Conduct.
How can I mandate PICSEL?
It’s easy if you have a clear chain of title and can provide documented proof, such as a sample contract.
Click here to complete our mandate form.
Can I claim rights revenue owed and be a non-member?
Yes, you can, but there are key determinants – it must be for a relevant repertoire, such as images; it must be for works published in books and magazines (not newspaper supplements) and TV broadcasts; and you will have had to issue a licence for the published work/s. PICSEL will undertake to find all rights holders within its repertoire and where data is available.
What expertise does PICSEL bring?
It brings a solid wealth of experience and expertise from the same members of BAPLA who have successfully generated income for visual contributors whilst protected primary rights for over forty years.
What is your distribution policy?
Our Distribution policy (see our Rights Holder page) is discussed in detail by a Distribution Working Group and determined during a General Assembly consisting of PICSEL members and its governing board.
How often will you distribute rights revenue?
PICSEL members will determine the frequency during a General Assembly. We aim to start with an annual payment, but will look at frequency on a regular basis as systems and data improves over time.
How can you ensure fair and equitable payments to eligible rights holders?
PICSEL established a Distribution Working Group as one of its first undertakings in 2015, to review how to ensure the fairest possible distribution and how to ease the burden on rights holders claiming revenue. PICSEL also aims to keep administration charges to a minimum to ensure costs are also kept as low as possible.
After monies are received by the CLA for 2016 licences, when will we see the first payment?
For secondary licensing revenue collected in 2016, PICSEL aims to pay out to eligible rights holders by the third quarter of 2017. Again payment will be determined each year at a General Assembly.
How much control would a member have over the decision making process, for example with ECL schemes?
Your membership is important to us, and so too is communicating about any schemes that are introduced, by requirement or otherwise. If you have any concerns as a member get in contact with us and we will help answer your queries where relevant.
How can I become a board member?
PICSEL wants to ensure there is fair and balanced representation on the board, and has therefore outlined a representative board of seven officers, consisting of four picture agency representatives and one creator representative licensing directly, one non-executive representative, and one executive director with relevant experience. To become a board member, you will need to be a mandating member of PICSEL and fall into one of the categories mentioned above. You must then be voted by a majority of the members to join. Board membership is for a maximum period of three (3) years, after which a new member must be appointed.
How will you resolve any conflicts of interest?
PICSEL will endeavour to avoid any foreseen conflicts of interest, by aiming to identify, manage, monitor and disclose actual or potential conflicts of interests to avoid them from adversely impacting on the collective interests of the rights holders PICSEL represents.
How do I contact PICSEL?
You can call, email or contact us by post, and we will endeavour to respond within 24 hours, during UK GMT office hours (Mon-Fri, 9.30-17.30).
How do I remove my name from the email promotions list?
If you are not already on our email promotions list, as of 6th May 2018, you will be asked if you want to opt in. If you decide at any time to opt out of our email list, there are three ways you can be removed:
– Click the reply button on any email from us, and type ‘Remove’ in the subject line
– Email firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to include the email address you wish to have removed in the body of the email and allow 72 hours for removal)
– Contact the PICSEL office and ask to be removed from our list
How do I make a complaint to PICSEL?
In the first instance contact PICSEL directly, and where appropriate PICSEL will respond within 24 hours during UK GMT office hours (Mon-Fri, 9.30-17.30).
Our Code of Conduct includes Complaints Handling and Dispute Resolution procedures that it must follow.