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18 October 2019

Publishers' Licensing Services

Publishers' Licensing Services (PLS) provides 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 £32.9million from collective licensing in 2016/17, and have more than 3,620 publishers signed up with us as at 2017.

Together with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, we own and direct the Copyright Licensing Agency. We also work in partnership with NLA media access.

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

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

  • PLS Account Manager - our free online account management service for publishers signed up to PLS
  • PLS Permissions powered by PLSclear - our online permissions services
  • Access to Research - UK service providing access to academic research to public library users

We also actively respond to Government consultations about copyright.

PLS is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1981.