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Welcome! This guide provides information and resources on copyright and copyright law.
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Asking Permission Print Page

Sample permission request to Copyright holder


When to obtain permission

Copyright Permission should be obtained:

  • When an article is needed for more than one semester
  • When Multiple articles from the same journal are needed
  • When one chapter of a book is needed for more than one semester
  • When multiple chapters of a book are needed
  • When multiple classes or sections of a class are using the same reading
  • When using student work outside of the class it was created in

How to obtain permission

Obtain permission by the following means

  • Contact the copyright holder directly and request permission
  • Use the material in a format where copyright fees are handled (e.g. through a print reader created by a print shop that clears copyright; through a eReserve platform like SIPX, where copyright is paid by the user when materials are downloaded)
  • See if it is possible for CIIS to buy or license the material
  • Pay for permissible use through the Copyright Clearance Center

What to do with Permissions

Permissions must be maintained -

Be sure to retain copyright holder permissions for your files.  You may need to show that you were granted permission for use of the material in the way or format that you used it.


How long will the permission last?

Permission generally is only for a one-time, one-semester use, unless it has been put in writing that you may use the material repeatedly or for longer than the one semester usually granted.

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