The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) has become a member of the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), meaning IPG members will now have a stronger voice in the area of collective licensing and the management of rights.
The IPG will be the first new member to join the society since it was established in 1981.
The PLS offers rights management services to the publishing industry, with its primary remit being to oversee collective licensing in the UK for book, journal, magazine and website copying for the 3,300 publishers it represents.
For the period between April 2014 and March 2015, the PLS secured £33.8m from collective licensing, which it distributed to publishers.
Oliver Gadsby, chair of the IPG, said: “We are thrilled to become a member of PLS. IPG members thrive on the strength of their copyright, and collective licensing is a very important part of the commercial landscape. PLS does invaluable work to protect and develop collective licensing and we look forward to energetically supporting it, both on behalf of our member and for the good of the publishing industry.”
Mark Bide, chairman of PLS, added: “We are delighted to welcome the Independent Publishers Guild into membership of PLS. With its strength and prominence in representing the best of independent publishing, we hope our new partnership will help to further promote the benefits of collective licensing to an ever wider audience and enable more publishers to benefit from the variety of services we offer.”
The IPG's membership of PLS will ensure the interests of independent publishers, spanning trade, academic, professional, education and specialist sectors, are well represented in collective licensing and the management of rights.
A spokesperson for The PLS said it welcomes the "additional firepower" that the IPG can bring to its development of relevant new services for publishers.
The IPG will join existing trade association members the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP); the Publishers Association (PA); and the professional Publishers Association (PPA).