7 ways publishers gain from CLA licensing


1. Record royalty payments

Publishers that are signed up to CLA licensing are eligible to receive a share of the revenue we collect. Last year we made record payments of £68.2m with £37m of that for distribution to publishers. That’s money that goes straight to your bottom line.

2. Unrivalled coverage

CLA’s licensing operation provides unequalled coverage of UK and international organisations. We collect licence fees from nearly 40,000 UK business, education and public sector licensees – including media monitoring agencies who provide clippings, web-links and alerts on behalf of their clients. We also receive royalties when your publications are copied in 36 international territories, bringing the total fees we collected last year to £76.3m.

3. Unique access to data and intelligence

We have a unique and dedicated data collection team, with 32 field staff collecting data directly from over 1,000 organisations per year. Over 3m copying items were processed through our systems in 2014, which were matched to our database of over 16 million publications. This means we are able to give you detailed granular data about which of your titles are copied, where and how often.

4. Comprehensive title inclusion

All titles in your catalogues will be included in our system and will attract payment even if you don’t notify us about them or if they were published decades ago.

5. Authors copyright fees paid directly

Under our scheme, authors always get paid their share of secondary licensing royalties as part of the deal; without you having to do anything, regardless of what the contracts say.

6. Convenience

Handling copying permissions – assuming you are asked for permission directly, which mostly you won’t be - can be costly and time consuming to manage yourself. We look after the whole process for you once you mandate us via the Publishers Licensing Society. No administration, except banking the royalties.

7. Our track record

We have been operating our licensing scheme since 1983, achieving 42% growth in fees collected over the last 5 years alone. CLA is a pioneer of collective licensing for publishers and has paid more than £1bn to copyright owners since we were established.

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