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ALCS: creativity and copyright

You may already be aware of ALCS's commitment to working with school children to educate them about the connection of creativity and copyright.

To this end, our two writing competitions, the Young Writers Guide to Shakespeare and the CILIP CKG shadowing scheme competition 'The Journey', have come to an end. We are pleased to share with you the winning stories from both competitions.

Read more about the competitions and the winners:




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  • 21/09/2016

    2016 Educational Writers' Award: This year's judges

    The Society of Authors and the Author’s Licensing & Collecting Society are delighted to announce the judges for the 2016 Educational Writers’ Award, the UK’s only award for educational writing.
     

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  • 14/09/2016

    ALCS appoints new Chair of the Board

    AuthorsLicensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is pleased to announce that Childrens Author Tony Bradman has been appointed as Chair of the ALCS Board for a three-year term. 

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  • 14/09/2016

    EU Copyright Proposals

    Today the European Commission announced legislative proposals aimed at modernising copyright rules to allow for greater access to works, particularly across borders via digital networks. The centrepiece of the reforms is a proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. The proposed Directive introduces new mandatory exceptions to copyright for certain activities including digital uses of works for teaching purposes.

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  • 09/09/2016

    E-Lending and the Digital Economy Bill

    ALCS and The Society of Authors are calling for the Digital Economy Bill to be amended to extend Public Lending Right (PLR) to remote offsite ebook lending.

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  • 26/08/2016

    Free is not fair: Australian authors fear "fair use" educational exceptions

    The secondary incomes of Australian authors are under threat after the Productivity Commission made recommendations which could enable the mass copying and re-use of educational material for free. Similar changes to Canadian copyright law in 2012 have severely impacted the incomes of educational authors and rendered licensing schemes inoperable.

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  • 21/07/2016

    Temporary Suspension of Belgian and German Copying Levies

    At the end of last year the European Court of Justice issued a ruling in a Belgian case (Hewlett-Packard Belgium SPRL v Reprobel SCRL) which has created some uncertainty regarding compensation payments collected from certain European copyright levies. Several EU countries secure compensation for institutional copying of published works through a system of levies paid by the manufacturers of copying devices.

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  • 21/07/2016

    Brexit: The view from ALCS

    Richard Combes, Head of Rights and Licensing, examines the implications of the EU referendum result for ALCS Members.

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  • 24/06/2016

    The EU referendum

    As you’ll all be aware by now the people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union. We’ll be looking in more detail at the implications of this decision for creators in the next edition of ALCS News, but wanted in the meantime to reassure members that the agreements we have in place with European organisations to collect money for UK writers’ works aren’t dependent on our being a member of the EU. So in that respect, it’s business as usual.

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  • 20/06/2016

    The Young Writer's Guide to Shakespeare: The winners

    ALCS and the National Schools Partnership recently teamed up once again to launch the 2015 Young Writer's Guide to Shakespeare, part of ALCS's ongoing work to introduce school students to the issue of copyright.

     

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  • 20/06/2016

    "The Journey": The winners of the ALCS and CILIP CKG 2016 Writing Competition

    ALCS is a long-time supporter of the hugely successful CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals annual shadowing scheme, in which tens of thousands of children in schools and libraries across the country read the books shortlisted for both Medals, argue with each other over which is the best, post reviews and vote for their own favourites, before the official winners are announced.

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