Whether commercial, not-for-profit, multinational,
or independent: PLS works for you
To provide the UK publishing industry with an outstanding level of service
which, crucially, is highly cost effective.
To work with fellow rights holders and our licensing agent, the Copyright
Licensing Agency (CLA), to ensure that collective licensing protects and
complements publishers’ primary business.
To ensure that collective licensing remains relevant by balancing the needs of
rights holders and information users.
To support and complement the work of the trade associations.
What is collective licensing?
How does collective licensing work?
What are the benefits of mandating us?
How can you take part?
"The PLS team are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and always ready to support the best interests of publishers. Their advice has been invaluable to Elsevier over the many years we’ve worked together."
Helen Gainford, Director - Global Rights
"We believe that PLS can always be trusted to negotiate the best deal for publishers."
Linda Thomas OBE, Managing Director/Publisher
RCN Publishing Co Ltd
What is collective
Collective licensing is an effective and efficient mechanism for licensing photocopying and equivalent digital use of your publications.
The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) represents the interests of publishers in the UK collective licensing system. If you are a publisher of books, magazines or journals, whether you are based in the UK or abroad, you can mandate PLS to license copying of extracts of your repertoire. There is no charge for doing this.
You have the option to expressly exclude publications from the scope of your mandate.
You can also choose to opt in your digital publications, free to view and subscription websites.
How does collective
Licences are issued via our licensing agent, the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), to business, public sector and educational organisations that grant a limited set of narrow copying rights.
Collective licences are issued to around 45,000 organisations across the UK by the CLA on behalf of publishers, as well as authors and visual artists.
Licence fee revenue is distributed to rights holders whose works have been copied based on representative surveys of licensee copying.
PLS make a deduction of up to six per cent from monies distributed to publishers to meet its administration fees.
What are the benefits of
- Collective licensing removes the administrative burden of dealing with individual requests for permissions while providing seamless copyright compliance for licensees
- It generates an increasingly important revenue stream for publishers. PLS distributed £33.5 million to publishers last year (2012-13)
- There are no joining fees
- Have a voice in the collective licensing system on matters such as licence development
- All proposals that PLS agrees to are approved by the publishing industry via the trade associations – therefore we believe your rights are never at risk through collective licences
- Collective licensing strengthens copyright awareness amongst licencees.
- You can now opt in your digital publications into most CLA licences. This reinforces your copyright ownership in a digital world, where free-to-view is often seen as free-to-copy, and helps to maintain the value of CLA licences in the digital environment.
How can you take part?
If you are a publisher, you can sign up with us by filling in a Publisher Mandate form.
Download a Publisher Mandate form here.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7079 5930.