Saturday, July 22, 2006

Making Money in Philosophy

This site has had a lot of traffic since Brian Leiter plugged my memo on ALCS. I've decided to re-post this memo here---and, again, my thanks to Jo Wolff for telling me about the ALCS in the first place.


I recently received the following email from the ALCS:
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Dear Dr Thom Brooks,

ALCS would be grateful for your help in communicating the benefits of membership of ALCS to your colleagues. Many of them may have been contacted already but we feel that recommendations from existing members is the most positive way of reaching writers for whom we are holding funds.It would be helpful if you could mention us, for example, at your departmental meeting or on your departmental bulletin board, directing them towards our website (http://www.alcs.co.uk/) or passing on our telephone number/email address. Please mention that anyone with an ISBN to their credit, either as author, editor or contributor, is eligible to register with ALCS. We are aware that we are holding fees for many of these writers and even if they don’t currently have educational photocopying royalties, there are various miscellaneous payments which are made every March. Also, those who have contributed articles to journals with ISSNs from 2003 onwards can register their credits and receive their share of photocopying royalties available. We would be grateful if you could forward the email below to your colleagues encouraging them, like you, to become a member of ALCS.

Many thanks for your attention and any help you can give. If you have any concerns about forwarding this email, we would be happy to hear your views.

Yours sincerely

Colette Scourse

Membership Services Manager

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Dear Writer,

ALCS is the UK Collecting Society for royalties earned through the educational photocopying of books. There are licensing schemes, administered by the Copyright Licensing Agency, in place in UK Schools, Colleges and Universities and also licences for Business, the NHS and Government. Additionally, there is a new scheme for the photocopying of Journal (Serial) articles.

This email has been passed to you by a current member of ALCS.Anyone with an ISBN to their credit, either as author, editor or contributor, is eligible to register with ALCS. Even if there is currently no educational photocopying royalties for your specific titles, there are various miscellaneous payments which are made every March – but only to registered authors. The journals scheme is for anyone who has contributed articles to journals or magazines with ISSNs from 2003 onwards. The registered credits generate a share of photocopying royalties available. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us, by email at membership@alcs.co.uk or by phone on 020 7395 0600 (ask for ‘membership services’). Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.alcs.co.uk.

Yours sincerely


Colette Scourse
Membership Services Manager
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I strongly encourage all UK readers to join immediately. Joining ALCS allows you to collect monies already due to you from copyright royalties. You can't collect, if you don't join. One philosopher I know has earned £3,000 this past year in copyright royalties paid to him by the ALCS. Needless to say, I joined immediately..........

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