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Copyright Basics: Getting Permission

This guide helps you sort through the tangled web of Copyright!

Permission Vendors

You can use a paid service like the Copyright Clearance Center and in many cases get an instant price for your proposed use. If the work is not in their database, they will attempt to locate the copyright holder.

Finding the Copyright Owner

Finding the copyright owner can be challenging. Click the link below to begin your search for copyright information.

Sample Letters

You can do the research yourself to locate the copyright holder, and then write to them explaining how you will use the material. You may get permission to use the work at no cost, at a reasonable cost, at an exhorbitant cost or not at all.

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