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What is the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society?

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Bangor University Academic authors whose works have been published should consider joining the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

Authors may be entitled to secondary royalty payments if their works are re-used under licensing schemes such as those managed by the Copyright Licensing Agency. The CLA licences cover copying and digitisation of published journal articles and extracts from books, for example for teaching purposes in higher education.  This clearly applies to books and articles published by academic authors as much as authors working in other areas. The Library holds the CLA higher education licence, which entitles us to digitise course readings in return for an annual payment to the CLA.

The ALCS collects and distributes payments, which are due to authors whose works have been re-used under CLA and other licences. Distribution of funds is based on the information available to the ALCS. By applying for membership authors can provide information about themselves and their own publications which assists the ALCS in distributing payments. 

The ALCS funds its activities by charging a one-off membership fee (£36 at the time of writing - but check their website) and charging a percentage of all royalty payments. The membership fee is deducted from any eventual payments due to the author so it is not an upfront payment.

Please check the ALCS website or contact them for details. Academic authors should of course bear in mind that any payments which may be due to them for the re-use of their work are likely to be quite modest. You are also required to provide information about yourself to facilitate any payments. 


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