Securing Copyright Permissions
The following links provide information on how individuals may request and secure copyright permissions for use of materials in courses or for publishing purposes. Asking for permission is needed when you cannot make a Fair Use case, the materials are not in the public domain, or the materials do not carry a Creative Commons license that grants the reuse you would like to make of the work.
Copyright Clearance Center
The CCC grants permission to reproduce copyrighted content such as articles and book chapters in journals, photocopies, coursepacks, library reserves, Web sites, e-mail and more.
- Login to Your Pay-per-use Account
- Create a Pay-per-use Account (No charge for registration).
- Search the Pay-per-use Permissions Service
- Form Letter Seeking Permission to Use Copyrighted Materials Online
Use this letter to request permission when unable to secure copyright using the Copyright Clearance Center.
- Form Letter Seeking Permission to Use Personal Materials
Use this letter to request permission to use a student's personal assignments or works.
- Rights Reversion sample letter plus guidelines from the Authors Alliance
Requesting Permission to Republish Your Works
Since many publishing contracts involve a transfer of copyright or a license of rights to the publisher, you need to determine the copyright status of your authored works before granting permission to others to republish all or part of your work.
Steps to take may include:
- Review your contract
- Find the link on the publisher's main web page that refers to rights and permissions to see how you would ask for permission.
- You may need to request a reversion of rights for books. Consult the Authors Alliance Rights Reversion Portal and use their guide to writing a reversion of rights letter.
- For journal articles, consult SHERPA RoMEO (Publisher Copyright Policies and Self-Archiving) to determine the current publisher policies on reuse of your journal articles. These are summarized here. For details, follow the link to the full copyright transfer or license agreement from that publisher.
- Consult with the librarians in the Library's Scholarly Communication, Copyright and Publishing Program; we offer resources for you to use but do not seek permissions on your behalf.
- Jennifer Green, Digital Scholarship Librarian
Additional Resources for Securing Copyright Permission
- Obtaining Permission to Use a Copyrighted Work From the University of North Texas, this site includes lists of sources for permissions to use musical and dramatic works; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; motion picture and other audio-visual Works; software; syndicated comics, cartoons, and editorials; and religious works.
- Guidelines on Seeking Permissions to Use Copyrighted Works from the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University