For Licensing Right Holders 2018-04-23T17:13:17+00:00

Your Mandate

In order to claim ‘secondary licensing revenue’ through PICSEL, you will have to grant PICSEL the necessary licenses. This is done through a mandate.
To mandate PICSEL you do not need to be a member but you will need to be an entity – individual, picture library or agency, that directly licenses artistic images.

Our aim is to generate equitable revenue for your rights. We offer direct support to help manage your mandates and data, whilst giving you the reassurance that we will always have your interests at heart. PICSEL is also committed to providing a low management fee and a fair distribution system agreed by its members.

What you’ll receive as a “Mandating Member” (see To Become A Member, on the About Us page)


  • A newfound freedom to choose a highly professional conduit to claim secondary licensing royalties
  • The ability to govern your collecting society for the benefit of all rights holders in your repertoire
  • The opportunity for you to input directly into discussions on secondary rights licensing


  • A commitment to working with you to deliver a cost effective distribution platform
  • A commitment to openly work with all PICSEL members and other collecting societies
  • A commitment to be cost efficient and to make credible and timely payments using up-to-date technology


  • Respect as rights holders with the offer of fairness and impartiality to those eligible to claim
  • The security to know that your primary rights licensing will be protected from erosion
  • Use of member’s expertise to obtain the best commercial return for entitled rights holders
  • Access to new revenue streams from other secondary sources

To secure your future claims and to be a part of PICSEL, send your signed and scanned forms to us by email.

To complete our Mandate Form click here

**** Those mandating PICSEL: The window for 2018 claims for 2019 payment will open 1st January 2019****

Distribution Policy (adopted on 18th July 2017)

The current Distribution Policy for PICSEL has been shaped by a group of BAPLA member volunteers, spanning a broad range of those concerned with ensuring the process of distribution is fair, serviceable and convenient.

As part of the new UK regulations the Distribution Policy will be shaped by its members and approved by its governing board, during a General Assembly. PICSEL will always strive to ensure it is measured, fair, equitable and transparent.

PICSEL adopts a principle of non-discrimination in relation to any tariffs, management fees, distribution of rights revenue, and conditions for the process of collection. It acknowledges its obligation to regularly, diligently, and accurately distribute and pay amounts to eligible visual images rights holders.

PICSEL aims to provide a streamlined data collection and distribution process in order to ensure it’s mandated rights holders benefit from an effortless and transparent claims system.

For further information, see our Distribution Policy (accurate at time of publication)

Code of Conduct (adopted on 4th April, 2016)

The Code of Conduct for PICSEL sets out the standards and best practice principles that PICSEL adheres to. It is designed to ensure that the rights of all its members and licensees are clearly stated and that the operations conducted by PICSEL are transparent and accessible.

  • For membership and representation, it sets out to offer membership to relevant rights holders in its repertoire; to provide fair and balance representation; and treat all its members fairly, honestly and transparently; as well as be clear on its service levels.
  • For licensees (where licences are issued by PICSEL) to treat them in a fair honest and transparent manner; and consult them where necessary; and in plain English.
  • In relation to reporting, to ensure an open and transparent process when providing figures; to publish a distribution policy; and to be transparent regarding the appointment and remuneration of its directors.
  • In relation to complaints handling and details to contacting the Collecting Society Ombudsman Service.

PICSEL has minimum governance and accountability obligations, which are that:

  • The Board of Directors is to be representative of and accountable to its members.
  • The Code of Conduct sets out the financial reporting requirements for PICSEL, with respect to the content of financial reports and annual auditing.
  • PICSEL is to provide members with information about their payment entitlements upon request.
  • The Code of Conduct sets out the Annual Report content requirements for PICSEL, including total revenue for the reporting period, total sum and nature of general expenses and allocation and distribution of payments to members under the Distribution Policy.

For further information, see our Code of Conduct

Articles of Association (adopted on 2nd December 2015)

The Articles of Association for PICSEL were adopted on 2nd December 2015 and the Certificate of Incorporation of PICSEL as Company No. 09899186. For further information, see our Articles of Association (accurate at time of publication).


For Licensees of Secondary Licensing

If you are in education, running a business, or from a public body, and want to obtain a licence to copy published materials either in print or online, you will need to obtain a licence for permitted use.

The largest UK organisation that issues licences for published materials from these sectors is the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA). For certain magazine publishers and newspapers (including magazine supplements) a licence must be obtained from the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA Media Access) , and for broadcasting licences, the Education Recording Agency (ERA) should be contacted.

For questions relating to the licensing of artistic images, please contact PICSEL directly.

Diagram showing the process for secondary licensing and payments via the CLA:
CLA Secondary Licensing Process