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PLSclear is a web-based tool that streamlines the permissions process. So, whether you need to seek permission to reuse someone else's content, or if you are receiving requests to have your content reused, PLSclear can help.

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If you are re-using someone else's content, you normally need permission to do so. You need to secure permission from the rights holder, who may be the creator or the publisher of the work. If you do not do this, the copyright holder has the legal right to ask for compensation or the removal of the content you have used.

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    Search for the title you want to reuse by title or ISBN / ISSN

    Begin searching for the title you would like to reuse. We recommend searching by ISBN or ISSN as the results will be more accurate than searching by title or keyword.

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    The request Wizard form was designed to collect all of the information publishers need to process a request from the start, saving back and forth going over request details.

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    You no longer need to track down a permissions or rights contact before submitting your request. When your request is complete, PLSclear sends it to the right contact at the right publisher.

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