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Welcome to the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)
ALCS makes sure writers are paid what’s due to them when people use their work.
We collect money from all over the world, then pay it to our members. So far we’ve paid a total of £450 million. We also campaign to ensure writers' rights are recognised and rewarded, and teach people what copyright is all about. We have around 90,000 members, and are a not-for-profit organisation. We were started by writers, for writers, and have been going since 1977.
Membership of ALCS costs just £36 and you don't have to pay anything upfront.
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We are pleased to announce that the two successful candidates from the recent ALCS Board Elections are Jonathan Fryer and Joan Smith.
The winner of the 2016 Educational Writers’ Award is This is Not a Maths Book: A Smart Art Activity Book, written by Anna Weltman, and illustrated by Edward Cheverton and Ivan Hissey.
The Ruth Rendell Award was presented to bestselling author and former soldier Andy McNab by Ruth’s son, Simon Rendell, at the All Party Parliamentary Writers Group Winter Reception. The Award was launched in memory of the novelist Ruth Rendell by the National Literacy Trust and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, to celebrate the author or writer who has done the most to raise literacy levels in the UK.
The Society of Authors (SoA) and the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Educational Writers’ Award, the UK’s only award for educational writing which stimulates and enhances the learning experience.
ALCS welcomes the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 10 November 2016 confirming that the requirement under EU law for authors to receive compensation for loans of their books by public libraries may also extend to the lending of ebooks. The ruling acknowledges the important point that any system of e-lending should aim to replicate the restrictions applicable to loans of hard copy works, such as the principle of “one copy, one user”.