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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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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.
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.
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.
The book launch of Mama Can’t Raise No Man by Robyn Travis got off to an excellent start on Tuesday 27 September when The Bookseller revealed that Hackney Empire had sold 600 tickets for the event. Including sales on the door, 900 tickets overall were sold for the event.
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%.