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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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  • 01/12/2015

    PLR Receives 'Flat Cash' Settlement Following Government Spending Review

    Public Lending Right (PLR) has received a ‘flat-cash’ settlement meaning that its funding will remain at £6.6m up to 2019.

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  • 01/12/2015

    Amnesty Media Awards 2015: Recognising Journalism's Contribution to Public Awareness

    The 2015 Amnesty Media Awards took place on 26 November at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at The Barbican. The awards recognise excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism’s significant contribution to public awareness and understanding of human rights issues.

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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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