What we do

 
 

Lobbying and submissions

Our varied lobbying and campaigning work encompasses everything from press campaigns to gain media coverage for issues of topical importance, to direct lobbying of government on vital matters of policy which directly affect writers.

Through our lobbying and campaigning work ALCS aims both to protect the existing secondary rights of UK writers and, in this digital era, secure recognition for their rights in new and developing areas of content provision, for example digital downloads.

The All Party Writers Group (APWG) was established in 2007. ALCS acts as the Administrator.

Recent submissions

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE CALL FOR VIEWS: MODERNISING THE EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT FRAMEWORK - 7 December 2016ALCS WRITTEN EVIDENCE ON THE IMPACT OF BREXITJOINT BRIEFING ON THE DIGITAL ECONOMY BILL: We are calling for the Digital Economy Bill to be amended to include the safeguards for authors and performers announced in the EU Draft Directive and to extend Public Lending Right to remote offsite ebook lending (see our seperate briefing below). 28 September 2016E-LENDING AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY BILL: We are calling for the Digital Economy Bill to be amended to extend Public Lending Right to remote offsite ebook lending. 9 September 2016ALCS Response to the Consultation on the implementation of the EU Directive on the Collective Management of Copyright and Multiterritorial Licensing of Online Music Rights in the Internal Market.Consultation on the Extension of the Public Lending Right to Rightsholders of Books in Non-print Formats: 13 March 2014

Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules: 13 March 2014

ALCS Response to the Intellectual Property Office Technical Review of Draft Legislation on Copyright Exceptions (Education): 9 August 2013

ALCS Response to the Intellectual Property Office Technical Review of Draft Legislation on Copyright Exceptions - (Private Copying): 9 August 2013

ALCS Response to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Inquiry into Open Access: February 2013

Independent Review of E-Lending in Public Libraries: Call for Evidence : 5 November 2012

ALCS submission to Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into Support for the Creative Economy: 1 November 2012

ALCS Response to DCMS consultation into Public Lending Right: 24 July 2012

ALCS response to HM Government Consultation on Copyright: 21 March 2012

ALCS Response to Green Paper on the online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union: opportunities and challenges towards a digital single market: 6 December 2011

ALCS submission to the 'Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth' (the Hargreaves Review) - March 2011ALCS submission to the Culture, media and Sport Committee Inquiry: Funding of the Arts and Heritage

ALCS response to European Commission Green Paper: Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries - July 2010ALCS response to 'The Literature Blueprint' - March 2010ALCS response to Stage 2 of the Gowers Review on copyright exceptions - March 2010European Digital Single Market: Challenges for the Future: December 2009

Response to Consultation on the Extension of Public Lending Right to Rights Holders of Books in Non-print Formats:  October 2009

ALCS response to the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) Copyright Review : May 2009ALCS response to the Digital Britain ‘Rights Agency’ Consultation: April 2009ALCS response to Copyright the Future:Developing a Copyright Agenda for the 21st Century: February 2009 ALCS response to European Green Paper: Copyright in the knowledge economy: November 2008 ALCS response to BERR consultation on legislative options to address illicit P2P file-sharing: October 2008

As far as I'm concerned, the ALCS is the best thing since painless dentistry. When I was a struggling writer - struggling even more than I am now, that is - ALCS payments would bob into view, like liferafts, just as my craft looked like sinking. Now, with file-sharing a pandemic, and the concepts of copyright and intellectual property routinely abused, we need this campaigning organisation more than ever.

Mal Peet