Welcome to
Publishers' Licensing Services

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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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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Webinar: Making Permissions Requests with PLSclear 29 March 2019

Date:  19 June 2019

Time:  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (BST) including a chance to ask questions

Cost: Free   

If you intend to quote from a poem or short extract from a published work in a new book, article, thesis or somewhere else, you may need permission to do so.

Whether you’re quoting from a book, journal, magazine, or a work you found online, learn the ins and outs of getting permission for published content using PLS PermissionsRequest, a free service for editorial teams, freelance editors and authors which is designed to help secure permission quickly and easily.


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