How to Get Permission to Use Quotes and Graphics

Tweet this post.You know you need permission to use that quote/ graph/ picture/ song lyric, but how do you ask? Get started with the list I give today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

There are editors who specialize in securing permissions, often they are production editors, involved from the get-go of the project. Many academic publishers require authors to secure their own permissions, and pay for any rights, too.

(When) You Need Permission has two interactive guides to determining fair use/ dealing. There are significant exceptions; you may not (legally) have to ask permission at all. But it is polite and maybe even good marketing. Also see Copyright and Permission and the Project Checklist & Timeline.

You’ll find lots of helpful guides online. Try searching “copyright permissions” or “sample permissions request” and you’ll find resources like these:

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/introduction/getting-permission/

http://library.queensu.ca/copyright/clearance/digital-material

http://www.copyright.gov/circs/m10.pdf

http://www.copyrightkids.org/permissioninformation.htm

https://janefriedman.com/sample-permission-letter/

Here are tips for getting permission to use lyrics in your book. 

 

How to Get Permission to Use Quotes and Graphics

Photo by ankakay, used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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