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.

Form Letters

 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.

Additional Resources for Securing Copyright Permission