We campaign and advocate for authors to have their rights recognised and respected. To do this, we’re involved in copyright education projects, provide copyright education resources, and carry out work that supports writers to ensure they receive fair payment for the use of their work.

Our advocacy and campaigning work involves everything from press campaigns to gaining media coverage for important topical issues. We also talk to government about policy that affects writers. Our aim is to protect the existing secondary rights of UK writers and secure recognition for their rights in new and developing content areas, such as digital downloads.

Areas of current interest

Our manifesto for writers

Ahead of the recent General Election, we launched our manifesto to support the creative industries and the individual creators that sustain them. It includes proposals for the new Government to assist the sector’s continued growth and to fairly remunerate the workforce that underpins this economic prosperity in an increasingly digital age.

Who we work with

We helped establish the All Party Writers Group (APWG), in 2007. We did this to allow MPs and Peers from all political sides to take on board opinions from both inside and outside Parliament, and keep government and opposition parties up to date on policy issues. To find out more, visit:

We also work with the Society of Authors, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, the Royal Society of Literature, the National Literacy Trust, DACS, Directors UK, BECS and PICSEL to lobby for writers’ interests in this country.

We are also members of the Alliance for IP, the British Copyright Council and the Creative Rights Alliance.

Internationally, we work with the International Authors Forum (IAF) to ensure UK writers’ voices are heard across the world.


Submission to review of DMCC Bill Download
Response to AI white paper Download
Submission to scrutiny of Draft Media Bill Download
Freelancer Commissioner Briefing Download