About us

Providing collective licensing and rights management services to the UK publishing industry
What we do

What we do

The Publishers Licensing Society Limited (PLS) provides rights management services to the publishing industry. Our primary remit is to oversee collective licensing in the UK for book, journal, magazine and website copying. We distributed £35.2million from collective licensing in 2014/15, and have more than 3,300 publishers signed up with us (2015). Terms and Conditions for signing up.

Together with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, we own and direct the Copyright Licensing Agency. We also work in partnership with NLA media access.

Vision, Aims and Values

Our Vision is to provide efficient and effective copyright and licensing solutions to support publishers in providing access to their content. 

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Services

We provide a range of rights management services and initiatives, including:

  • PLSe - our free online account management service for publishers signed up to PLS
  • PLSclear - our permissions clearance tool
  • Access to Research - UK service providing access to academic research to public library users
  • We also actively respond to Government consultations about copyright.

Board of directors

Board of directors
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Our team

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Our governance

Our governance

PLS is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. We are owned and controlled by four trade associations representing publisher's interests:

• the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP),
• the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG),
• the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) and
• the Publishers Association (PA).

Each trade association appoints directors to the PLS Board. The Chief Executive of PLS is also a director.

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