Collective Licensing Revenues:
Are you making the most of your rights?

July 29, 2021 | 10 - 11am

PPA Live! Roundtable with PLS | Free for PPA Publisher Members

PPA works with PLS year on year across a variety of activities, primarily to ensure that publishers understand how to collect licensing revenues and how to optimise efficiencies with permissions management. With next year’s Rights Valuation Review looming, we’re running a series of briefing sessions (online and in person) from July to December, to ensure that our members have their rights in order and can optimise the potential revenue from doing so. Our first session takes place online on July 29 and we’ll be limiting the numbers to ensure that everyone in the group has the time and space to ask questions.

What’s it all about?

Collective Licensing offers a simple and cost-effective solution both for those who wish to copy from published materials without breaking the law, and for rights holders. Last year PLS distributed over £36m in collective licensing revenues to publishers with over £5m going to PPA members – money that goes straight to the bottom line. The Rights Valuation review is intended to achieve a fair and transparent division of revenues between publishers, authors and visual artists. The current splits have been effective since 1st January 2016 and are due to be reviewed next year.

The 2015 independent Rights Valuation showed the following:

          1. It is difficult for some publishers to prove ownership of their right
          2. Rights management processes were often not optimum. This has a direct impact on publishers’ share of revenue from collective licensing.

          These sessions will cover:

          • An essential overview of collective licensing.
          • Practical tips for maximising revenue streams through good rights management.
          • The Rights Valuation Review 2022 – what you need to know.

          What can I expect?

          This interactive roundtable, with attendees participating on a video call, is a chance for you to hear more about the Rights Valuation Review and ask questions to ensure you have a deeper understanding of how collective licensing can deliver revenues back to your business. PLS distributes millions of pounds each year to publishers in the form of licensing fees – make sure you’re not missing out. It will be under the Chatham House Rule to cultivate an open and trusted environment for sharing, and it will be moderated by PLS and PPA.

          It will be under the Chatham House Rule to cultivate an open and trusted environment for sharing, and it will be moderated by PLS and PPA.

          Please note that these sessions are available for free for PPA Publisher Members only.

          SPEAKERS

          Marjon Esfandiary // PLS
          Marjon Esfandiary
          Head of Legal & Policy
          PLS

          Marjon Esfandiary is Head of Legal & Policy at PLS. She has worked as a commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property rights for over 20 years, starting at a law firm in the City followed by various roles in-house, including at Unilever PLC and Hachette UK. Her experience in the publishing industry includes dealing with a wide range of contracts including agreements for the development and use of technology, advising on the creation, protection, licensing and use of IP rights, and data protection.

          Tom West // PLS
          Tom West
          COO
          PLS

          Tom was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2017 after several years at PLS in various operational roles. Over that time Tom has played a central role in the many developments at PLS and has a broad knowledge of collective licensing. He has been responsible for managing the development and delivery of PLS Account Manager, the service that gives publishers direct control over their participation in collective licensing. He has also had direct oversight of the distribution of over £300 million in licensing revenues to publishers since taking over responsibility for PLS operations in 2008. Most recently he has assumed general operational responsibility for the delivery and ongoing development of the PLS Permissions service, launched in 2017.

          Sarah Faulder // PLS
          Sarah Faulder
          Chief Executive
          PLS

          Sarah was appointed Chief Executive of PLS in October 2010. In the earlier part of her career Sarah was a partner for ten years at city law firm, Taylor Joynson Garrett (now Taylor Wessing), specialising in copyright. She then worked in the music industry for over 13 years; first as Chief Executive of the Music Publishers Association before becoming Chargée de Mission at BIEM and CISAC, the Paris based international umbrella organisations for collecting societies, and latterly as Public Affairs Director for PRS for Music.

          She is on the Boards of the British Copyright Council and the Copyright Hub.