Who we are

We are owned by The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Publishers' Licensing Society (PLS). We benefit both organisations by selling rights and licensing services to a variety of sectors that want to copy published content, whether photocopying, scanning or digitally reproducing material from copyright publications. We collect data on what has been copied in order to pay copyright owners the royalties they are due.

We are non-profit making so all the money we generate in licence fees (after our costs have been deducted) is paid as royalties to the copyright owners we represent - publishers, authors and visual artists (including illustrators and photographers), as well as overseas reproduction rights organisations. During the financial year 2015-2016, we distributed £68.2m in royalty payments.

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How we work

We recently moved into a newly refurbished, modern office space, which we share with ALCS and PLS. We therefore work closely together with them on a day to day basis, collaborating on many business initiatives and taking part jointly in meetings, workshops and conferences with writers, publishers, licensees and others. We also enjoy social occasions and events.

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This is our reception which we share with ALCS and PLS.
Staff kitchen and social area
This is where you can find everyone having lunch, grabbing a quick cup of coffee or holding an informal meeting.
Meeting Room
This is one of our meeting rooms - they are all named and decorated after some of our staff's favourite books.



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What our employees say


Adam Sewell

Chief Information Officer

I oversee all areas of IT at the CLA, including projects, development, infrastructure and support.

CLA’s investment in new products has given me the ability to direct our development using new technologies. I have also led the introduction of agile project methodologies, Unified Communications, and we’re currently working on development of our DevOps culture. I have been able to develop a team of excellent IT staff who are all passionate about technology and how we can use it to support CLA’s evolving strategy.

CLA is leading the way in the use of new technologies to develop new innovative products and it is a very exciting time to work here. As a company, we have a very proactive, can-do approach and everyone works diligently to ensure we meet our goals. However we also have fun with numerous social events throughout the year. We’ll be taking part in our first corporate charity day this summer to help a good cause.


Tiago Fonseca

Website and Data Administrator

I work in the Marketing Team as Website and Data Administrator. My job involves developing and maintaining all the company’s websites, creating analytic reports and optimizing sites for search engines.

My role was initially full-time, but because I always wanted to dedicate more my time to my volunteer work, I spoke to my manager and he made all the arrangements needed so that I was able to work 3 days a week. When I felt that I needed to improve my skills, CLA sent me on a 3 day programming course and I was later given a project where I could implement the things I had learned.

In my 5 years working at CLA so far, I have seen a constant effort to improve conditions for everyone. There is a great atmosphere in the office. When I work on a project my ideas are always taken into consideration, I can be creative and I am given all the resources needed to do the job.


Julie Murray

Education Licences Manager

I help to make copyright as simple as possible for our licensees in the Education sector. This might include educating licensees about the range of permissions offered with our licences or products, or to address licensee questions and feed these back in to our support, guidance and messaging.

While it sounds like a cliché, by working at CLA I’ve learnt new skills. Coming from a teaching background, my current role has developed my skills in new areas such as marketing and communications. I’ve also had the chance to travel to organisations across the UK, but also overseas. Ultimately I’ve been able to look at education beyond my classroom walls and think about it as a whole, especially its relationship with publishing and technology.

CLA is exploring how we can provide not only rights and licensing but content solutions for users of published materials - this affords unique opportunities to listen to customers and offer ideas. But despite this period of change, CLA also remains interested in me as an individual and my personal goals, beyond my day to day role.


To apply for any vacancy please send your CV, along with a covering letter detailing how you meet the key skills and criteria for the role to Kate Whitehead, The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd, Barnard's Inn, 86 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1EN or click the apply button.

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