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 awards were presented at Stationers Hall on Tuesday 20th June in recognition of the pioneering work conceived, developed and delivered by the PLS team for PLS’s new suite of Permissions services. Powered by permissions tool PLSclear, the services – PLS PermissionsRequest, PLS PermissionsDirect and PLS PermissionsAssist – make it easier and more efficient than ever to get permission to re-use extracts from publications.
The Awards judges, whose decision was unanimous, said that PLS had received it highest accolade for the following reasons:
“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.
“PLS Permissions was seen to be well automated and straight forward to operate. The judges recognised the innovative processes that had integrated a mechanism to search through a substantial library of original material with an impressive back-office administrative system to provide clearance to quote and, if required, payment to the publisher / author.”
Sarah Faulder, Chief Executive of PLS, said:
“I was honoured and delighted to receive these awards on behalf of all those who contributed their expertise and skills to this very worthwhile development, including in particular our software partners, Arc, and the PLS team. We are confident that our new permissions service, powered by our proprietary PLSclear tool, will make a considerable difference to the business of clearing permissions, both for those seeking permissions and for those granting licences”.