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The basic steps to obtain permission are:
Determine what rights are needed.
Identify the copyright holder.
Send your request (sample letters available below).
Keep a written record of the permission received.
The guides in the resources section below offer more detail on how to obtain permission for your use.
Public licenses allow certain uses of copyrighted works by the public. Examples are Creative Commons licenses and open source software licenses.
Users may freely use works issued under an open license, without additional permission from the creator, as long as they abide by the terms of that license, which may include an attribution requirement, permitting only non-commercial use, permitting use but not the creation of derivative works, or other requirements.
Permissions and Public Licenses Resources
This guide offers a detailed overview of what permission is and how to seek it.
This page offers an overview of how to ask for permission, along with several model permissions letters.
Permissions FAQ (Association of University Presses)
This guide offers permissions guidelines as they typically apply to university press publishing, including several model permissions letters.
Creative Commons offers a suite of public licenses and information about how to use them.
This guide contains information about copyright law. It is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, please consult an attorney.