Societies strike copyright deal

The first formal publisher/author agreement in the controversial
area of collective rights management has been concluded. The Publishers
Licensing Society and the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society have
agreed terms for a new five-year partnership.

The agreement
provides for the equitable distribution of secondary rights’ royalties
between publishers and authors, including freelance journalists.

It establishes publishers’ recognition of writers’ contributions to magazines, serials and academic journals.

ALCS
represents the interests of all UK writers and aims to ensure they are
fairly compensated for any works copied, broadcast or recorded in the
UK and across the world.

Since ALCS was founded in 1977, it has distributed £114m to UK writers.

The PLS has represented UK publishers on matters relating to collective copyright and licensing since 1981.

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