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ALCS is a membership organisation for writers run by its Members, for its Members.

Here you can find out all about the work we do to:

  • Protect and promote the rights of authors writing in all disciplines.
  • Ensure authors receive fair payment for the various uses of their work. 

Lifetime membership of ALCS costs £36. This one-off fee ensures that you receive payment of any money that is due to you for use of your work.

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  • 25/11/2015

    The ALCS AGM 2015

    Thank you to all of our Members who joined us at the 37th Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society’s (ALCS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 19 November at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham.

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  • 18/11/2015

    Books to Broaden Young Minds - Educational Writers Award shortlist announced

    The five titles on the shortlist for the 2015 ALCS Educational Writers’ Award, announced today, are outstanding examples of non-fiction books which broaden the horizons of readers aged 5-11 years, as they illuminate young minds about animal food chains, the intricacies of maths, the First World War, the vastness of space and our own wide world.

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  • 17/11/2015

    Belgian Ruling on Collecting Society Revenues

    The Court of Justice of the European Union issued judgement last week in the case of Hewlett-Packard Belgium SPRL v Reprobel SCRL, intervener Epson Europe BV. The case concerns the use of electronic copying devices to make multiple copies of works in the context of the rules established under the EU Copyright Directive that provide for compensation when copies are made pursuant to copyright exceptions for educational or private use.

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  • 17/11/2015

    Adjusting the Colour Balance: Report shows lack of diversity among Directors UK TV

    New research UK Television – Adjusting the Colour Balance, carried out by Directors UK, has revealed that only 1.5% of UK television productions are made by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) directors, who are being given a far smaller proportion of directing opportunities than their white counterparts. Also highlighted in the report is that BAME directors across UK TV makes up just 3.5% of the directing community, proving a distinct need to support and develop directors from BAME backgrounds.

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  • 13/11/2015

    PLR set to increase next year after library loans ‘fall’

    Public Lending Right (PLR) will increase next year after The British Library Board proposed that the current 6.66 pence per loan should increase to 7.67 pence. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have said they intend to accept the recommendation.

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