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About Us

We are the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency – also known as ICLA.

Our team works with creators, publishers and anyone who copies, shares or scans published works to make sure access to content is simple and legal.

Think of us as representatives for rightsholders. We issue licences that allow people to reuse their words and images, while ensuring the right creators get the payment they deserve.

As a not-for-profit licensing body, our revenue is paid out to the authors, publishers and visual artists who contribute so much with their creativity.

We work with educational establishments, businesses and other organisations to advise on and enable access to a range of publications – both in Ireland and overseas.

Who we represent

Over 3,500 authors and 650 publishers have given us permission to support them in securing credit and revenue for their works. We work with creators directly or, in the case of some of our Irish authors, through the Irish Writers Union and the Writers Guild of Ireland.

We have reciprocal agreements with reproduction rights organisations (RROs) across the world. Through these agreements, Irish rightsholders can be represented by foreign RROs in these countries and receive payment for use of their works abroad. This also allows Irish licensees to gain access to a wide repertoire of international works.

At ICLA, we are active members of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), the main international network of collective management organisations for text and image.

We do not provide legal advice – only general information on copyright issues. If you require legal advice on copyright, you should seek the services of a legal professional.

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Our Mission

To provide legal access to content through collective licensing and to represent authors, visual creators and publishers, ensuring they are remunerated when their work is used.

Our Vision

A world where the work of all creators is respected, valued and encouraged by and for all.

We Value

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For our team, for all content creators and for licensees.

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Openness and honesty are key to easy licensing.

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Balancing the needs of our licensees with the needs and rights of the rightsholders we represent.

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As we recognise our responsibility to do right by creators.


  1. c. 560AD

    St. Colmcille borrowed a book of the Gospels from St. Finnian of Maigh Bhile and secretly copied it. On realising what had been done, Finnian demanded the return of the book and also the copy. Colmcille objected, saying that the copy was his. The matter was referred to Diarmaid mac Cearrbheoil, the high king. His judgement was 'le gach bó a buinín agus le gach leabhar a chóip' – 'to every cow her calf and to every book its copy'.

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  2. 1709

    The Statute of Anne – Copyright Act 1710.

  3. 1886

    The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

  4. 1992

    The Irish Copyright Licensing Agency (ICLA) was set up as a not-for-profit company by the Irish Writers Union and the Irish Book Publishers’ Association CLÉ.

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  5. 1992

    ICLA signed bilateral agreements with Copyright Licensing Agency (UK) and Kopinor (Norway).

  6. 1993

    ICLA started licensing primary and post-primary schools.

  7. 1994

    ICLA made the first distribution of just under £1,900 to authors and publishers.

  8. 2000

    ICLA started licensing the business sector.

  9. 2001

    The Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 introduced an educational reprography exception with a licence override.

  10. 2003

    ICLA started licensing Higher Education Institutions.

  11. 2005

    ICLA agreed to make UK Public Lending Right (PLR) payments to Irish resident authors.

  12. 2007

    ICLA introduced a digital extension to the licences.

  13. 2007

    ICLA updated their logo.

    The second ICLA logo
  14. 2007

    ICLA hosted the annual general meeting of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights (IFRRO).

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  15. 2008

    The Irish Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme was established.

  16. 2009

    The first payment of Irish PLR was made to authors.

  17. 2012

    ICLA agreed to distribute Irish PLR payments to Irish resident authors.

  18. 2013

    ICLA hosted the mid-year meetings of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights (IFRRO).

  19. 2014

    ICLA started using the Web IFRRO Software Environment (WISE) for licensing and distributions.

  20. 2019

    Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Act 2019 introduced wide educational exceptions and a new licence override.

  21. 2019

    ICLA hosted the mid-year meetings of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights (IFRRO).

  22. 2020

    ICLA introduced new Education licences across all sectors to reflect the provisions in the new legislation.

  23. 2021

    ICLA rebranded and launched a new website

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