in General, Libraries/Info Sci

Lost royalties

Robert J. Sawyer mentions in his entry from yesterday (Dated 4/16/05 on his site, no direct link) that the Canadian government reimburses writers such as him for an interesting amount: royalties lost to library circulation.

I’ve never heard of this before, anybody know if the U.S. has a similar program? I’d also be interested in how this number is calculated. It is a flat rate fee, or dynamically based on circulation statistics?