This section provides a background and description of how CLA is governed, managed and operated. It also includes profiles of the current CLA board directors. 


Corporate governance is a term used to describe the system by which a company is directed and controlled.

Governance of a company is the responsibility of the board of directors and this includes setting strategic aims, providing leadership, supervising the management of the business and reporting to shareholders on their stewardship. Directors also have legal responsibilities defined under the Companies Act.

The role of executive and senior management is to carry out those aims.

Good governance is important in providing a strong framework of focus and accountability that enables a company to perform effectively.

The Board recognises that good governance helps the business to deliver CLA's vision, mission and values and safeguard stakeholders long-term interests and we are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance. The Board considers that CLA complied in all respects with the practice of good governance required by a company of its form and standing.

Read CLA's Articles of Association.

Read more about the CLA board.

See CLA's latest statutory accounts*

*‘Financial statements are published on the company’s website in accordance with legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements, which may vary from legislation in other jurisdictions. The maintenance and integrity of the company’s website is the responsibility of the directors. The directors’ responsibility also extends to the ongoing integrity of the financial statements contained therein. 


Membership of CLA

CLA is open to accept as members Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) that represent relevant classes of rightsholders. CLA's current members are ALCS and PLS.

The current window to apply for membership of CLA is open from 2nd January 2017 until 20th January 2017.

For further information please download the Membership Application Form or contact CLA for more detail. 


CLA's legal status

The Copyright Licensing Agency Limited (CLA) is a private company limited by guarantee.

As such, CLA has no share capital or shareholders but has two members, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society Ltd. (ALCS) and the Publishers' Licensing Society Ltd. (PLS), who are joint owners. Details of the membership agreement can be found here.

To enable CLA to operate, ALCS and PLS have granted the rights to CLA to issue licences permitting copying from books, journals, magazines and digital material published in the UK.

A series of international repertoire exchange agreements with equivalent organisations in other countries gives CLA similar authority for overseas publications.

CLA should be considered a "Licensing Body" for the purposes of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and is the promoter of various "Licensing Schemes" as defined in the Act.


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