Our work in Collective Licensing

Distribution Charter, Payment Timetable,
and PLS Account Manager
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.

More about Collective Licensing

PLS Account Manager:                                         

  • Control: Manage your titles and licensing options.
  • Intelligence: Analyse and plan ahead using our detailed reporting tools.
  • Convenience: All the tools you need to manage your involvement in Collective Licensing, in one simple online account. More about PLS

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

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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