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We exist to support creativity and make copyright simple.

Every day published content from books, journals, newspapers, and websites is copied and used by all kinds of organisations: from PR agencies to law firms, from schools to universities. Often, they are not aware that they are infringing copyright, or they do not have the time to seek approval from rightsholders - which results in lost revenue for you.

That’s where we come in.

How we help you

Our licences are a vital part of the creative ecosystem and give organisations across the UK simple and efficient legal access to published media. This means that through our various licences, organisations can access and reuse content in an easy and legal way while respecting the rights of others.

Publishers benefit from CLA collective licensing by signing up with Publishers' Licensing Services (PLS) to be eligible for a share of licence fee revenue.

The benefits of signing-up

Increase your revenues

We have been providing licences since 1983 and our ambition has meant we have achieved impressive growth in royalties year on year. As pioneers of collective licensing, we have paid nearly £1.5bn to copyright owners since we were established.

Publishers that are signed up to CLA collective licensing are eligible for a share of our record revenue payments. That’s money that goes straight to your bottom line.

Unlock unrivalled coverage

We licence nearly 40,000 UK business, education and public sector organisations, including media monitoring agencies who provide clippings, web-links and alerts on behalf of their clients. We partner with our licensees to find new and better ways of working with the latest technology, making it even simpler for them to access your work in a fair and legal way.

Gain insights on usage data

Our knowledge is our strength, and it can be yours too. 

Our unique and dedicated team, as well as various products, collect valuable usage data so you can understand how your titles are used throughout the year and across each sector. Every year millions of copied items are logged and matched to our database of over 8 million publications.

Access international Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs)

We operate as part of a wider global network and so our reciprocal agreements with over 40 international RROs not only mean that you are represented overseas, but that you will receive payment for use of your works abroad.

Sit back and relax

Our specialist knowledge in right and collective licensing, as well as our strong connection with our Members means that the hard work is done on your behalf.
On top of the benefits outlined above, all titles in your catalogues will be included in our system and will attract payment even if you don’t notify us about them, they are out of print, rights have reverted, or if they were published decades ago.

And finally, in UK collective licensing, authors always get paid their share of licensing royalties as part of the deal; without you having to do anything, regardless of what the contracts say.

Sign up today

If you want to sign up or find out more about licensing or other services for publishers, please contact PLS directly.



Certain works are excluded from CLA licences by authors or publishers and these are available to view on our Excluded works Works page.

If you think you might want to opt your works out of the CLA licence, please email us at

If you have a question about how we license your content, please contact us.

Magazine and Digital Publishers

If you are a magazine or digital publisher, find out about how you can benefit from our licensing solutions.

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