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. Download PDF.
  • 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.

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We also provide:

  • PLSe - free account management service for publishers.
  • Permissions Management - including PLSclear, our permissions management tool; Permissions Outsourcing; and practical workshops.
  • Access to Research - providing UK library users with access to over 15m+ free academic articles.

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 2016

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

 

How we distribute licence fee income

  • Distribution of licence fees.
  • Allocation of licence fee income.
  • Administrative deductions.
  • View the Charter.
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Latest updates

Clean sweep for PLS in Stationers’ Innovation Excellence Awards 2017 21 June 2017

The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) was named Innovator of the Year by the Stationers’ Company in their 2017 Innovation Excellence Awards after winning the award for the best Digital Technology Application.

“The judges were very impressed with PLS Permissions since it fills a major gap in the publishing market and represents a clever evolution of rights management into a field suggested by the Hargreaves Report."

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