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Permission from the Copyright Owner
- Write to the copyright owner, detailing how the work will be used. Sample letters (Columbia University) may help you get started.
- Permission may be granted for free, or for fees ranging from modest to exhorbitant. Permission may also be declined.
- If permission is denied or too costly, seek out similar resources instead.
- The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) will seek permission on your behalf. Fees differ for course packs, classroom handouts, library reserves and postings to course management systems; Copyright permission is automatically granted for works contained within the CCC database.
- iCopyright provides licensing for digital content
- Musical Works:
- ASCAP - American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
- BMI - Broadcast Music, Inc.
- SESAC - performance rights
- Harry Fox Agency - source for mechanical rights associated with producing derivatives (i.e., "covers") of copyrighted works
- Motion Pictures:
- Criterion Pictures USA - licenses non-theatrical, public performance rights for feature films
- Kino Lorber - world cinema, classics, documentaries & independent films
- MPLC - Motional Picture Licensing Corporation
- SWANK - public performance licensing for non-profit and non-commercial use
- Cartoons, Comics, Editorials:
Archiving & Publishing
Use this site to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.
Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine
A Creative Commons engine for scholars that automatically generates addendums to attach to your publishing agreement, to help you maintain control over your own work.
Researching Copyright Holders
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