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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

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The September Distribution  

Payments are due to be made to Members this week - if you have any questions see our Distribution information page for members. Details of the sources that are being paid this September can be found in our August edition of ALCS News

If you're registered for the Members' area then you can download your statement from there. 



     What are words worth now? 

      a survey of authors' earnings 



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  • 01/10/2014

    Oettinger vows to revise ‘out of date’ copyright law

    The proposed new EU Commissioner for digital economy and society Gunther Oettinger, in a European Parliament hearing in Brussels on Monday 29 September  vowed to redraft ‘out of date’copyright legislation. 

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  • 01/10/2014

    Private copying exception becomes law

    The Government has today introduced via secondary legislation various changes to copyright law. 

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  • 12/09/2014

    Copyright enforcement moved in Juncker Commission restructure

    Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-Elect of the new EU Commission, has announced that responsibility for Europe’s copyright enforcement will move into the newly titled Digital Economy and Society Directorate.

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  • 12/09/2014

    UK retransmission fees may be introduced, suggests Javid

    UK Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid has suggested that retransmission fees could be introduced between broadcasters and pay TV operators, meaning that operators of BskyB and Virgin Media would have to pay to broadcast free to air channels such as the BBC and ITV.

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  • 09/09/2014

    Julia Eccleshare joins the PLR team

    The British Library has announced that Julia Eccleshare has been appointed to take on the new part-time role of Head of PLR Policy and Advocacy to cover future policy development, to liaise with stakeholder bodies and to act as advocate for PLR.

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