You don’t have to obtain permission to use a copyright item if it is:
- In the Public Domain
- Covered by Fair Use
- Covered by the TEACH Act
- Research Copyright Status
- Consult the copyright page on a book or the legal notice on a website to see who owns the copyright.
- If there is no copyright information, contact the author or publisher.
- Check Copyright.gov for records on copyright registration for post 1977 works.
- How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work
- Contact the Copyright Owner
- Include information on the work, such as author, editor or translator; title; edition; volume
- Explain the exact material you want to use, include the amount/portion of the work
- Explain the use to be made of the material and the audience for which that use is intended
- Whether or not the material will be sold
- Name and nature of your organization
- Your name and contact details
For more information, visit the Copyright Office’s How to Obtain Permission.
- Use another source?
- If the library owns it, can you link to it?
- If it is a freely available web source, can you link to it?
- Can you use a portion that would satisfy Fair Use?