Permissions requests fall into two categories: Use of images and Use of text

Use of text

Use of text under 400 words from any single book constitutes fair usage, the only requirement is that the source is acknowledged.  Mercier does not need to be contacted nor do we need to process a request for permission.

For use of words in excess please follow the instructions below.  A representative from Mercier Press will get in touch with you once we have had the opportunity to review the request. 

When it comes to fair use or fair dealing, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, ‘Would using this copyrighted material in my project potentially affect the copyright holder’s ability to make money from their original work?’ If the answer is yes, it is best to seek permission or explore alternative options to avoid any legal hiccups.

Here’s a friendly reminder about some important things to keep in mind when it comes to enjoying and sharing your favourite reads:

  1. 📚 Reading aloud: While it’s great to share your love for a book by reading it aloud to friends or family, keep in mind that recording yourself reading an entire book and sharing it on platforms like YouTube isn’t allowed without the permission of the copyright holder. This is because the author and publisher have the exclusive right to create and distribute audio versions of their work.
  2. 🎥 Adaptations: If you’re feeling creative and want to make a movie, play, or any other adaptation based on a book, remember to get permission from the copyright holder first. They worked hard to create that story, and it’s important to respect their rights. It is also not permitted to record an amateur performance of a play in full and make that recording available online.
  3. 🖨️ Copying and distributing: Copying and distributing a book without permission is a big no-no. This includes making photocopies, scanning the book, or sharing digital copies online. The only exception is fair use or fair dealing, which allows for limited copying for purposes like education, criticism, or parody.
  4. 🌍 Translations: If you want to translate a book into another language, you’ll need to get permission from the copyright holder. This ensures that the translation is accurate and respects the original work.

Use of Images

There is a minimum charge of €250 to process a request for use of images. 

Requests to reuse our content are now being processed through PLSclear. First, search for the title on our website and then click the ‘Request Permission’ button. This will take you to You can search PLSclear by title, ISBN/ISSN, author, or keyword.

If you need help, you can visit the PLSclear help portal, which includes a checklist and a Step by Step Guide on how to make requests through PLSclear.

If you have any questions, you can contact the PLSclear helpdesk at They are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 GMT.

Request Permissions

In reference to amateur performance requests of John B. Keane plays requests should be forwarded to:

Drama League of Ireland
The Mill Theatre
Dundrum Town Centre
Dublin 16
01-296 9343

This will ensure your request is dealt with as efficiently and quickly as possible.

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