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Welcome to the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)

ALCS makes sure writers are paid what’s due to them when people use their work.

We collect money from all over the world, then pay it to our members. So far we’ve paid a total of £400 million. We also campaign to ensure writers' rights are recognised and rewarded, and teach people what copyright is all about. We have around 90,000 members, and are a not-for-profit organisation. We were started by writers, for writers, and have been going since 1977.

Membership of ALCS costs just £36 and you don't have to pay anything upfront. 

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  • 15/11/2016

    2016 Educational Writers’ Award: art, maths & the words of Shakespeare

    The Society of Authors (SoA) and the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Educational Writers’ Award, the UK’s only award for educational writing which stimulates and enhances the learning experience.

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  • 11/11/2016

    ALCS welcomes court ruling on PLR for ebooks

    ALCS welcomes the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 10 November 2016 confirming that the requirement under EU law for authors to receive compensation for loans of their books by public libraries may also extend to the lending of ebooks. The ruling acknowledges the important point that any system of e-lending should aim to replicate the restrictions applicable to loans of hard copy works, such as the principle of “one copy, one user”. 

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  • 10/10/2016

    Join the Fairer Contracts Campaign

    2016 has been the year that authors around the world challenged publishers in their respective countries to consider fairer contracts for authors, in a bid for a more balanced financial deal for writers everywhere.

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  • 30/09/2016

    ALCS supports International Translation Day! Do you know any translators?

    ALCS is holding more than £200,000 for the work of translators who haven't yet joined and to whom we'd be delighted to pay the money they are due.

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  • 30/09/2016

    ALCS sponsors the 10th Bath Children’s Literature Festival

    For a third year, ALCS is delighted to be sponsoring Bath Children’s Literature Festival in early October. Now in its tenth year, the Festival programme is once again jam-packed with well-known children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and abroad including the likes of David Walliams, Liz Pichon and Michael Morpurgo.

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