Welcome to the
Publishers Licensing Society

Providing collective licensing and rights management services to the UK publishing industry
  • Collective Licensing offers a simple and cost effective solution both for those who wish to copy from published materials without breaking the law, and for rights holders where direct licensing would be inefficient and unduly burdensome.
  • A blanket licence allows users to copy from a broad range of repertoire in return for a licence fee, so providing convenience and excellent value for money. The licence fee is paid to the rights holders whose publications have been shown to have been copied.
  • Read more: Introduction to Collective Licensing.

We also provide:

  • PLSe - free rights management service for publishers.
  • Access to Research - an initiative that provides UK library users with access to free academic articles.
  • PLSclear - a new service, launching Autumn 2014, to help make the permissions process quick and easy.

Check our look-up service

Why sign up?

  • Receive fair payment for copying.
  • Save having to deal with multiple requests for secondary copying.
  • Strengthen and promote copyright awareness.


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Quick, easy, free:

  • Analyse revenues with our new Reports dashboard.
  • Upload new titles & manage licensing options.
  • Opt in to new licences.

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Timetable 2014

  • Get information about when licence fee income from licensed sectors is distributed.
  • Visit the timetable.


How we distribute licence fee income

  • Administrative deductions.
  • Allocation of licence fee income.
  • Distribution of licence fees.
  • View the Charter.
Straightforward permissions with PLSclear

Latest updates

New Terms and Conditions 19 May 2015

More information about why we are updating our Terms and Conditions, and what you need to do to stay up-to-date.

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