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Who receives royalties

We’re non profit-making so our revenue from selling licences and services is paid as royalties to authors, visual artists, publishers and to other collective rights organisations we represent..

The information we collect from our customers about what they are copying helps us to pay royalties to the copyright owners whose work is being used. Find out how we turn licence fees into royalties.

We currently have 4 member organisations – the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) – represent the rights of authors and publishers respectively and The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) and PICSEL look after the rights of visual artists. We use information about what you copy to help us pay royalties to these organisations, who distribute the money to their members.

You can read more about our distribution model and our most recent annual distributions, in the Distribution Model Report.

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Publishers' Licensing Society




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We also work as agents for the sales of education licences on behalf of NLA Media Access and Printed Music Licensing (PMLL). 

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