All about PLS
The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) was established in 1981 by the UK publishing industry. Our role is to:
- Facilitate licensing solutions for educational establishments, public bodies and businesses that copy from text based copyright material published in print and digital formats.
- Ensure licensing income is distributed accurately, efficiently and transparently to those UK publishers whose publications are used.
- Strive to ensure an orderly market place for both users and rightsholders. This in turn promotes respect for copyright which is so vital to the publishing business.
PLS is owned by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, the Professional Publishers Association, and the Publishers Association.
What do we do?
PLS represents the interests of publishers in the collective licensing of photocopying and digitisation.
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.
Who do we work with?
PLS also works closely with the Association of Online Publishers, European Publishers Council, Federation of European Publishers, Independent Publishers Guild, International Publishers Association, and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers.
PLS is a member of the Accessibility Action Group; Alliance Against Intellectual Property Theft; Automated Content Access Protocol; Book Industry Communication; British Copyright Council; British Literary and Artistic Association; Crossref; Digital Content Forum; Digital Preservation Coalition; EDItEUR; International Digital Object Identifier Foundation; International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations; National Information Standards Organisation; and UK Serials Group.
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Our Code of Conduct
Our Code of Conduct was sent to all Mandating
publishers in November 2012. The Code explains
what PLS does and how it is organised. It also sets out the service levels that you can expect from PLS and the procedure for making a complaint and seeking redress if you consider that we have fallen short of those standards.
This is the first Code we have ever published.
It incorporates the Principles for Collective Management Organisations’ Codes of Conduct endorsed by the British Copyright Council and aims to align with HMG’s Minimum Standards for UK Collecting Societies published at the end
Download the PLS Code of Conduct here.
The Publishers Licensing Society is dedicated to advancing publishers' interests through protecting and strengthening the copyright framework.
We currently achieve this by:
- Managing voluntary licensing schemes
- Optimising revenue streams for mandating publishers
- Ensuring that photocopying and scanning royalties are distributed accurately, efficiently, swiftly and transparently
- Working as an organisation to which publishers can turn in confidence, knowing that those rights which they wish to have administered collectively will be protected and exploited according to their wishes
- Facilitating an orderly, legal marketplace for rights by providing licensing solutions that protect rights, provide revenue, and satisfy both publishers and users
- Actively identifying and containing threats to publishers' rights in the context of copyright and licensing
- Promoting a positive view of publishing, and explaining - in an accessible way - why and how copyright empowers you and creators, and what responsibilities come with your rights
- Supporting publishers through the sensitive development of PLS mandates and CLA licences
- Safeguarding publishers' interests within the international community of Reprographic Rights Organisations
- Supporting the publishing industry in all licensing matters
- Promoting voluntary licensing systems in the UK and abroad.
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