Obtaining Copyright Permission

Tips on obtaining copyright permission are provided below for instructors who must obtain permission for items for which the library was unable to obtain permission through CCC.

Helpful Hints

1) Publishing companies usually control copyright permission for many in-print trade books and scholarly journals.

2) Copyright ownership for literary magazines and out-of-print works is usually held by individual authors.
3) Usually, in a book or a journal, the page containing the copyright notice reveals the copyright owner, the publication year and the name of the publisher. Many times, this notice also contains useful permission information, such as the publisher's address.

4) If you cannot find the address of the copyright holder, please use one of the reference sources from the "Sources for Publisher Information" section or search the publisher's website for contact information on the internet.
5) A sample letter for obtaining copyright permission is available on the Reserve Form page.

6) Remember to supply your complete address and contact information to the publishers in case there are any questions pertaining to your request.
7) To speed up this process, you may want to provide your email address or a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request to the publisher.

8) If you know that an article will be used for reserves in future semesters, request permission for the longest intended use of time. This will save you time in future semesters by reducing the number of times you must request copyright permission.

Sources For Publisher Information

Often, the most efficient method for contacting a publisher is to search the publisher's website. However, if an internet search fails to produce results, the following sources may be helpful.

Print Source (Located in the Young Library Reference Department):

1) Literary Market Place Young Reference-- PN161 .L570 Ready Ref. (Non-Circulating)

Online Resources:

1) WorldCat (FirstSearch)
2) Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory

Other Helpful Resources:

To find information about copyright ownership by individual authors, the Authors Registry can serve as guidance. Its address is below:

The Authors Registry
330 West 42nd Street, 29th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10036

phone: 212-563-6920
fax: 564-5363

If you have difficulty using any of these sources, please contact the Reference Desk.

If you have any questions regarding Course Reserves at William T. Young Library, please contact Terri Brown.


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