The path for US publishers to collect UK licensing revenues
About UK Royalties Direct
UK Royalties Direct is a complete solution for publishers based in the United States to collect UK licensing revenues.
Universities and other educational institutions are amongst users who rely on copying books and journals. Protect your rights and collect any licence revenues that may be due to you from UK copying of your titles.
UK Royalties Direct is the surest way for publishers and authors to protect their rights, and collect revenue for the use of their works in the UK.
Sarah Faulder, Chief Executive,
Publishers' Licensing Services
Publishers' Licensing Services (formerly the Publishers Licensing Society) has long been a trusted partner to publishers in the UK and around the world. Their UK Royalties Direct program holds promise to bridge a gap in licensing revenues for American university presses, and we encourage our member presses to explore this new service.
Peter Berkery, Executive Director,
Association of American University Presses
Leading publishers who have already signed up
Revenues distributed to publishers are net of the deductions listed below, so that publishers have no further obligations to pay other rightsholders with respect to revenues received from PLS:
administration charge payable to CLA: 11% and
the shares payable to authors and visual artists as determined by an independent rights valuation in December 2015 (the Collective Contributors’ Shares). See our Distribution Charter for full details.
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is the UK collective management organisation for authors. It represents a global membership of over 90,000 authors in more than 100 countries, with reciprocal agreements with 40. ALCS has 10,000+ members in the USA where it works with the Authors Guild and Authors Registry as well as agents.
The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) oversees collective licensing on behalf of over 3,300 publishers who have signed up. PLS is owned by the main UK publisher trade associations: the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP); the Publishers Association (PA); the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) and the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG).
£32.9m distributed to publishers from collective licensing (2016/2017)