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DACS and PICSEL join CLA as member organisations

6th March 2017

We are pleased to announce that following the introduction of the Collective Management of Copyright Regulations in April 2016, we have accepted two new members representing visual artists, The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) and Picture Industry Collecting Society for Effective Licensing (PICSEL).

DACS and PICSEL are both not-for-profit collective management organisations (CMOs) that represent visual artists’. These organisations will join the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), as members of CLA.

By DACS and PICSEL becoming CMO members of CLA, the copyright owners who belong to DACS or PICSEL will have their works included in our copying licences sold to businesses, education institutions and public sector organisations. Fees received for the sales of licences are paid to the respective CMOs, who in turn distribute the money as royalties to the copyright owners they represent.

Mat Pfleger, CEO of the Copyright Licensing Agency, said:
“We are delighted to welcome DACS and PICSEL as new members of CLA. We are pleased to now be working with two organisations that represent visual artists, demonstrating our commitment to the protection of creative works and to the fair remuneration of copyright owners.”

Paul Seheult, CEO of PICSEL, said:

“We very much look forward to this new opportunity. Becoming a member of the CLA is an auspicious occasion for PICSEL, particularly the prospect of closer collaboration with all parties in relation to fair and transparent collective rights management licensing and remuneration for visual rights holders. ”

Gilane Tawadros, Chief Executive of DACS, said:

“Becoming a member of the CLA is an important step in ensuring that the thousands of individual artists and their representatives who are members of DACS can generate revenues from the collective licensing of their works. Working collaboratively with the CLA, we want to ensure that visual rights holders can benefit from new opportunities which remunerate them fairly for their creative works.”

We look forward to cooperation and collaboration with DACS and PICSEL, as well as any other members that we may welcome in the future. Through our close partnership with collective management organisations we are able to support the creative industries and make sure that copyright owners are able to make a fair living from their work. 


PICSEL is a new CMO for the visual arts, bringing with it wide experience of the picture agency industry. Its aim is to ensure that entities such as picture libraries and agencies of all sizes representing visual artists and creators, as well as those individuals licensing visual rights directly, can claim royalty payments effectively. PICSEL is a not-for-profit organisation, committed to taking care of member’s interests, giving them a level platform to engage in secondary licensing. To this end PICSEL welcomes innovative solutions for secondary licensing as the industry adapts to a fast-changing digital environment, whilst protecting right holders’ primary licensing businesses.

About DACS
Established by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, we act as a trusted broker for 90,000 artists worldwide. Founded over 30 years ago, DACS is a flagship organisation that campaigns for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy. We collect and distribute royalties to visual artists and their estates through Payback, Dutch Public Lending Right, Artist's Resale Right, Copyright Licensing and Artimage. Since we were founded in 1984, we have paid over £90 million in royalties to artists and their estates – a significant source of income supporting artists’ livelihoods, their practice and legacy.