How to Obtain Copyright Permission
When you wish to use a copyrighted work and such use cannot reasonably be justified as “fair use,” you should seek permission for this use from the copyright owner. Note that UNI does not provide a service to process such requests. Seeking and obtaining copyright permission is your responsibility.
There is no universally applicable set of steps to seek and obtain copyright permission, but following are some guidelines:
Sample University Permission Letters:
These sample letters should be reviewed and modified to fit the specifics of your request. Your letter should provide complete and accurate information and include a self-addressed stamped envelope to expedite the permission process. The American Association of Publishers suggests the following information be included:
Sample permission letter: University of Northern Iowa
Sample permission letters: Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University. Includes overview and lists of sample model letters for different types of uses and material.
Sample letters and release forms: Duke University Scholarly Communication Toolkit. Includes forms for webcasting, recording, archiving etc.