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PLSclear is a fast and reliable way of ensuring you do not infringe the legal rights of content owners

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.

  • Ensure you identify the current rightsholder quicky.
  • Enable you to provide the information the rightsholder needs to make a quick decision, first time around.
  • Send your request to the correct person within the rightsholding organisation.

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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The PLSclear service is run by the not-for-profit Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), which provides rights management services to publishers.

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Text & Data Mining

A bespoke service for researchers undertaking Text & Data Mining (TDM). The same quick and efficient process as the standard PLSclear tool, but with TDM specific questions and a dedicated journal search faciliy.

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