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28 July 2017

PLS - The Publishers Licensing Society

The Publishers Licensing Society Limited (PLS) is a not-for-profit providing 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 £35.2million to publishers from collective licensing (2015-16), and have over 3,300 publishers signed up with us.

Our vision is to provide efficient and effective copyright and licensing solutions to support publishers in providing access to their content.


We also provide a range of rights management services and initiatives, including:

  • Permissions Management services including PLSclear
  • Access to Research - a UK initiative providing access to academic research to public library users
  • We also actively respond to Government consultations about copyright.

Find out more: www.pls.org.uk