Claim for Belgian copying!

THE AUTHORS' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) in 2008 signed an Agreement with the Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia in Belgium to collect fees due to UK authors under the terms of a statutory scheme dealing with the reprographic copying of UK newspapers in Belgium.

Having received the first payment of fees, ALCS will now make payments for this photocopying in the next distribution, scheduled for February 2011. To receive a share of fees in this distribution, freelance journalists are invited to claim their share of the fund. At present you can claim if you have written newspaper articles on a freelance basis, of at least 250 words, published in a national UK newspaper between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2008 with a byline. ALCS will notify members when we are accepting claims for articles written later.

ALCS is introducing a scheme whereby writers register their published articles with ALCS and receive a share of the total photocopying royalties collected. This means that writers will receive a payment for their eligible articles being available to be photocopied in Belgium between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2008.

Claims for newspaper articles can be made in exactly the same way as for journal and magazines articles, by registering for the members' area of and submitting article details online, or by requesting a Newspaper Article Details Form on paper - email

  • ALCS is expecting about £1.7 million in settlement of a legal case over revenue from private copying in Germany. The payment covers books, magazines and journals and is expected to be paid out in February 2011.
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