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 £32.9million from collective licensing in 2016/17, and have more than 3,620 publishers signed up with us (2017). 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.
Our Vision is to provide efficient and effective copyright and licensing solutions to support publishers in providing access to their content.
We provide a range of rights management services and initiatives, including:
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.