About the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit membership organisation, run by writers, for writers. ALCS collects secondary royalties on behalf of nearly 85 000 writers across the UK and abroad and pays them directly to members. It also campaigns and lobbies on issues of importance to writers at both a national and an international level, to ensure that writers' rights are both recognised and rewarded.
About the Publishers Licensing Society
The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) represents the interests of publishers in the collective licensing of photocopying and digital copying. Together with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, PLS owns and directs the Copyright Licensing Agency and works in partnership with the Design and Artists Copyright Society. PLS is owned by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, the Professional Publishers Association, and the Publishers Association.
ARROW (Accessible Registries of Rights Information and Orphan Works towards Europeana) is a European Commission-funded project developed by a consortium of European national libraries, publishers and collective management organisations, also representing writers through their main European associations and national organisations. The paper 'ARROW - a service in development to assist diligent search' is available to download from the PLS website.
Its aim is to develop a 'diligent search' process for libraries undertaking mass digitisation projects using existing data sources. ARROW will enable libraries and other users to obtain information on who are the pertinent rightholders, which are the relevant rights concerned, who owns and administers them, and how and where they can seek permission to digitise and/or make available the work to user groups.
About the Wellcome Library
The Wellcome Library is one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history and provides access to a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information resources relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science. The Library is situated within Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination for the incurably curious. Located at 183 Euston Road, London, Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The Wellcome Library is part of the Wellcome Trust.
About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charity dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities; its breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. The Trust is independent of both political and commercial interests.