The Publishers Licensing Society is set up by the industry to represent publishers in collective licensing and secondary rights management, both on and offline.
What does this mean?
We ensure publishers are paid for the copying of extracts of their publications, whether that is digital copies, scanning or photocopying, of lawfully acquired originals.
Why join us?
- Ensure you are paid when your content is copied
- Remove the administrative burden of dealing with multiple requests for secondary copying
- Enable seamless copyright compliance for licensees
- Strengthen and promote copyright awareness
- No sign up fee
How does collective licensing work?
We work directly with over 3000 mandating publishers who opt their titles in to our collective licensing scheme. Our primary licensing agent, the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), then sells collective (or ‘blanket’) licences to businesses, education, and government departments (including the NHS), and collect survey data based on usage. This is then passed back to us at PLS, and we distribute the revenues back to publishers – £33.5m in 2012-13 – which goes straight to your bottom line.
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