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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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28 September 2016

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  • 29/09/2016

    ALCS supports OWN IT! book launch at Hackney Empire

    The book launch of Mama Can’t Raise No Man by Robyn Travis got off to an excellent start on Tuesday 27th September when The Bookseller revealed that Hackney Empire had sold 600 tickets for the event.

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  • 28/09/2016

    75% fee rise for writers working under PACT TV agreement

    Good news for writers working under the Writers Guild of Great Britain’s (WGGB) PACT Television Agreement who are set to get an increase of 75%.

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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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