Where the licence fees go


CLA is non-profit making so all the money we collect in licence fees is distributed as royalties to the copyright owners it represents - publishers, authors and visual artists.

We undertake data exercises in licensed organisations to help us to pay the copyright owners whose work is being copied. For FAQs about these data exercises visit our royalties site

Distribution model effective 1 January 2016

The division between rightsholders of licensing revenues collected by CLA has been independently determined for the first time ever in a valuation process. The following is a summary of the resultant distribution model. 

After CLA has deducted its costs of 11%, the remaining balance is distributed in the following shares: 

 

 1.    UK revenue relating to copying from magazines and journals

 

 

Publishers

Authors

Visual artists

Magazines

72.5%

17.5%

10.0%

Journals

76.0%

23.0%

1.0%

 

2.    UK revenue relating to copying from books

 

 

Publishers

Authors

Visual artists

Schools

42.0%

42.0%

16.0%

Further education

42.5%

42.5%

15.0%

Higher education

48.0%

48.0%

4.0%

Business

49.5%

49.5%

1.0%

Public sector:NHS

49.5%

49.5%

1.0%

Public sector: Govt.

49.5%

49.5%

1.0%

Transactional: document delivery

49.5%

49.5%

1.0%

Transactional: Media monitoring

n/a

n/a

n/a

Transactional: HE second extract

48.0%

48.0%

4.0%

 

3.    UK revenue relating to copying from websites

 

Where websites are online or digital versions of specific magazine, journal or book titles (such as a ‘soft copy’ or an ‘e-book’), the distribution will follow the allocation for the relevant format.

Where websites do not relate to specific magazine, journal or book titles, distribution will follow the allocation for books.

 

4.    Revenue relating to copying from overseas works  

 

Money attributable to the copying of overseas works are sent to the Collective Management Organisations with whom we have an agreement.

 

More information about the valuation process is published on the PLS website here. 

 

Latest distributions

During the financial year, 2014-2015, we distributed £68.2m to ALCS, PLS, DACS and international reproduction rights organisations for onward payment to writers, publishers and visual artists including illustrators and photographers.

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