If your use is not permitted, you are prompted to "ask" for permission, or you are unsure about the terms of a specific licence there are a number of ways you can proceed:
Contact the publisher of the work. A publisher’s licensing or clearances department will often have standard practices and policies enabling the efficient processing of permissions requests. If seeking permission for the use of an excerpt of a book, the Copyright Clearance Center often has up to date publisher contact information, especially useful for seeking permissions from smaller publishers.
Contact the author directly if you believe that the author holds copyright or if your efforts to contact the publisher are fruitless.
Still unsure? Ask your Liaison Librarian or contact the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office.
Before making a permissions request, or reaching out to the Scholarly Communications department, be sure to know:
- Title of work
- Type of work (novel, anthology, article, etc)
- Name of author
- Date of publication
- Page/content range
- Explanation of use (including course code/course title, where applicable)
Need something else?
Are you looking to use photographs, art, moving images, or sheet music in your teaching, writing, or presentations? Determining permissions for non-text resources can be significantly trickier, as the university often does not licence these materials, or the terms of the licenses can be restrictive.
Many of these resources can be used under fair dealing, but all decisions must be made on an individual basis. Please refer to the University's fair dealing guidelines. Of course, public domain materials can be used without restriction.
If you require a transactional licence, please fill out this form.