Top Tips: Making it Easy to Reuse Content in your Book

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Authors often ask us about what to do when they want to quote from other books in their own work, so we were really pleased to hear about our March sponsor, PLSclear’s new service. Here’s some more information:

Requesting permission to reuse content for a book – for example a quote or extract – can be very frustrating. Who should you be asking the permission from? What are their contact details? How do you know what information to supply? It’s no wonder a third of permissions requests are abandoned – it can be a very time consuming process.

We’ve been working hard at PLS on improving the permissions process, so here are some tips for authors and editors – in fact all those requesting permission to reuse content – to help make the process less stressful:

  1. Always factor in getting permission as part of the writing process – it’s important to recognise the need to ask permission to use other people’s work. If you have written a book or article and have included third party quotes or extracts within the text, you are normally required under copyright law to secure permission for its reuse.
  2. Allow enough time for the request to be reviewed and granted – the time taken can vary from publisher to publisher, but you should allow from 4-8 weeks.
  3. If you need help finding the rightsholder, and/or putting together your request, try PLSclear for free:
    • Find the correct contact in a rightsholding organisation
    • Complete a simple interactive form
    • The service emails it directly to them for a decision, and also emails you a copy for your records
    • Then just wait to hear back from them (hopefully quickly, as they should have all the information they need to make a decision!)
    • Nine times out of 10 PLSclear identifies the correct – and if you get stuck, you can always contact our helpdesk.

More information about requesting permissions.

Try PLSclear for free, or contact us on plsclear@pls.org.uk

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