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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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  • 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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