From the Authors Guild
If your books are available in French libraries, you may now be able to
receive compensation for it. SOFIA, a government-authorized French
organization that distributes money collected pursuant to the public
lending right and for private digital copying, has opened its doors to
American authors. Proceeds from the lending right and from private
copying are split equally between author and publisher. In the case of
works that have been translated into French, the author’s share is split
between author and translator.
In order to receive funds, you must be a member of SOFIA. There is no
annual subscription fee, but members pay a one-time sum of 38 euros,
which you can either pay immediately or authorize SOFIA to deduct from
your payments. All book authors, regardless of the type of work
published, can subscribe to SOFIA provided that they have published at
least one book through a publisher and have signed a publishing
contract. This membership application and brochure produced by SOFIA contain more detailed information. You can also find more information on the SOFIA website.