alcs membership

As a member of the Society of Authors you are entitled to join the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) for free.

The ALCS represents the interests of all UK writers and aims to ensure writers are fairly compensated for any works that are copied, broadcast or recorded.  Writers’ primary rights are protected by contract, but it is the life of the work over the following decades that needs to be monitored and fairly rewarded. 

It is with secondary rights that copyright has an important role to play in protecting writers and creators from unpaid use and moral abuse of their work.  Secondary use ranges from photocopying and repeat broadcast transmission in the UK and overseas to reproduction in journals and repeat use via the internet and digital reproduction.

How ALCS membership can benefit you

Run by writers for writers, the ALCS has distributed over £182 million to writers since its inception in 1977. It is the largest writers’ organisation in the UK, with over 66,000 members, and in the last financial year ALCS paid out a total of £18.6 million to over 46,000 writers.

ALCS is dedicated to protecting & promoting Authors’ Rights:

  • by encouraging the establishment of collective licensing schemes, where appropriate, and ensuring that fees resulting from such schemes are efficiently collected and distributed, and
  • by building an understanding of the value of the contribution writers make to society.

ALCS represents writers of all genres, from text-book authors and freelance journalists to poets and radio dramatists. ALCS membership is open to all types of writers and their successors across the print and audiovisual sectors.



ALCS is recognised internationally as a leading authority on copyright matters and authors’ interests.  It is committed to fostering an awareness of intellectual property issues among the writing community. The ALCS maintains a close watching brief on all matters affecting copyright both in the UK and internationally and makes regular representations to the UK government and the European Commission on behalf of writers.