Q. How do I obtain permission to use a copyrighted work?
If the material is published in a book or a journal a copyright page typically makes finding the copyright holder fairly straightforward. For materials that are either out of print, orphan works, or online this can be trickier information to track down. Here are some of the general steps for attaining permission:
- Contact the copyright owner
- Write a letter that clearly outlines what you are requesting permission for and how it will be disseminated/used.
- Once you establish contact with the permissions holder, keep a record.
- As a caveat keep in mind that is normal that the copyright holder requires an individual to pay a fee in order to use a copyright protected material. Details for material usage are worked out between the copyright owner and the person seeking permission to use it.