Our work in Collective Licensing

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Our work in Collective Licensing

Our work in Collective Licensing

What is Collective Licensing?
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.

A blanket licence allows users to copy from a broad range of repertoire
in return for a licence fee, providing excellent value for money. This fee
is paid to rights holders whose publications have been shown to have
been copied.

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  • Intelligence: Analyse and plan ahead using our detailed reporting tools.
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Did you know

 

  • £32.9 million was distributed to publishers from Collective Licensing (2016/17).
  • 3,620+ publishers are currently signed up with PLS (2016/17).
  • 30+ countries contribute to UK Collective Licensing revenues through international copying.

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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Latest updates

Free ‘Access to Research’ online search service in public libraries is re-launched 7 May 2019

‘Llama antibodies’, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome’ and ‘Electromagnetic radiation’ amongst terms most frequently searched in libraries

Public library users search for an eclectic range of topics when using the Access to Research free online search. The service enables any user in a participating public library to search directly for and print out a copy of any of the more than 15 million journal articles that publishers make available through their participation. The free service is only available in public libraries. 85% of public libraries in the UK currently offer access to the service.

Analysis of the top 20 search terms by month nationwide for 2018 has thrown up an idiosyncratic list of interests, in addition to the perennial concerns of health, history and science. Medical ailments are well represented (‘Caesarean nerve damage’ and ‘Effect tuition fees have on students’ mental health’) but there is also room for the somewhat specialized (‘Llama antibodies’ and ‘Ragwort’).

 Local Authorities who have not yet joined the schme should click here 

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