How our licences protect creativity


Our licences protect creativity by ensuring that creators and publishers are able to obtain a fair reward when their work is copied in the UK and overseas.

The work we do as a licensing body (as defined under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988) exercises the economic rights of authors, artists, photographers, illustrators, other visual artists and publishers on their behalf.  

CLA was set up in 1983 by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society Limited (ALCS) and the Publishers’ Licensing Society Limited (PLS) to undertake collective licensing on their behalf.

By supporting copyright owners in this way CLA plays a part in maintaining the value of their work and helps to sustain creativity.

This protection has enabled the UK's creative industries to grow to support millions of jobs and generate 6.4% of UK GVA whilst enriching all our cultural lives.   

All the money we collect in licence fees is paid to ALCS, PLS and DACS to distribute to authors, publishers and visual artists after a deduction to cover our costs.

In the financial year 2012-2013 we collected licence fees of £74m and paid out £66.8m for distribution to creators and publishers.

Since 1983 CLA has generated over £770m for authors, visual artists and publishers.

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