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ALCS at 40: Small beginnings, big ambitions

Forty years ago a small group of campaigning writers founded an organisation which now pays out around £30 million a year to its writer members for secondary uses of their works. In a spirit of celebration, we look back at how it all began, drawing on the memories of ALCS founder member and now Honorary President, Maureen Duffy.

ALCS40WEBSITE.jpgIn April 1977, ALCS was incorporated as a company and officially launched its mission to defend, and campaign for, the rights of authors. Since its small-scale beginnings four decades ago, ALCS has grown into a vibrant membership organisation with more than 90,000 writer members across the globe, for whom it has now collected almost half a billion pounds in secondary royalties.

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