The fee paid for secondary use is the same whether the article appeared in print or online, and you can only claim once per article. Freelancers can claim for every article they write, unless the publication has specifically changed their licensing agreement from the Publishers’ Licensing Services (PLS) to the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) – the latter of which will not pay ALCS for secondary rights. A full list of excluded publishers are available.
As well as journalists, ALCS pays authors and those who have made a visual contribution to a book, magazine or journal can also claim. Book manuscripts are considered regardless of when they were published (there is no time limit, as there is with articles). The book could have been published in any country, as long as it carries an ISBN. Chapters, essays, short stories or poems that have been published in an anthology, with an ISBN, also count. Additionally, if you have been credited in written contribution to a TV or radio work, produced in the UK, you can also qualify.
The most important thing to remember is to register all the work you have produced through your online account. It’s the guaranteed way to receive any extra income due for that work.
Where Do The ALCS Fees Come From?
ALCS claims payments from people who have reused your work without permission. To get technical – if this includes the photocopying, scanning and digital reuse of electronic and online publications, the income is from licences issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), originally set up by ALCS. and the Publishers’ Licensing Services (PLS) to license reproduction rights on behalf of its member organisations. The purpose of the CLA, especially, is to ensure all writers are paid fairly when their works are reused.
The second main source of income is from the overseas Public Lending Right (PLR) schemes, which are generally able to pay authors when libraries lend out their books. Smaller sources come from small literary rights – when extracts are read overseas on radio or TV or through the rental of audiobooks – or when works are adapted into scripts.