What we do


What we do

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is a not-for-profit membership organisation, run by writers, for writers.

Our purpose is two-fold:

  • We collect secondary royalties on behalf of over 87,000 writers across the UK and abroad and pay them directly to our Members, twice a year.

  • We campaign and lobby on issues of importance to writers both at a national and international level, to ensure that writers' rights are both recognised and rewarded.

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"ALCS keeps abreast of the massive scale and complexity of modern copyright issues and is always out there looking after our interests and sending us regular cheques for the money they recover. Plus, they are clear, friendly and helpful to deal with. We owe them a big debt."

Maggie Gee


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