Obtaining Permission: The Copyright Permissions Request is an online course using Copyrightlaws.com’s unique eTutorial approach.
An eTutorial is a way of teaching and delivering content to you in small, specific bursts, all via email. Some call it microlearning. You’re in control of when you access each e-lesson and how much deeper you want to delve into the subject.
You’ll learn …
- To write the best copyright permissions request
- How to approach a copyright owner for permission
- What to include in your permissions request letter
- Copyright permission letter best practices
- … and much more
Each of the 10 lessons contains a text lecture, further resources to explore, and a self-marking quiz. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours to review all materials.
This course is being offered from 20 April to 1 May 2020.
This course exceeded my expectations. I was able to complete the course material at my own pace. I did not feel overwhelmed by the information. The information was very useful and informative. The email format worked very well for me. The self-marking quizzes tested my knowledge and challenged me to retain the course contents. I highly recommend this course and look forward to sharing my new knowledge as permission questions arise in my workplace. (February 2020)Michelle Miller, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Syllabus for Obtaining Permission: The Copyright Permissions Request
- Is It Possible to Simplify Obtaining Permission?
- Make Sure You Need Permission
- Identifying the Copyright Owner
- What Rights Do You Need?
- How To Determine Fees for Copyright Permissions
- Tips for Negotiating Permissions (see 5 tips below)
- Copyright Permissions Request Checklist
- Practical Applications and FAQs
- Best Practices for Obtaining Copyright Permissions
- Test Your Knowledge
For further information about this eTutorial on obtaining copyright permissions, email us.
5 Tips for Negotiating Permission
- What you pay for content is a matter of negotiation. Start by determining your budget, the value the content has to you, and your use of it before entering into negotiations with the rights holder.
- If you’re negotiating for the use of digital content, keep in mind that the content may be reproduced in a variety of qualities. Include a discussion in your negotiations about the quality of the reproduction in order to avoid a future complaint by the rights holder and possible moral rights infringement (right of integrity).
- If you’re adapting, translating or adding value to the content, ensure that the rights holder is aware of your use(s) of the content and agrees with your proposed uses.
- Think about how you’ll pay the copyright owner. For the use of digital works, it often makes more sense to pay a fixed fee rather than a royalty, especially if a work is one of thousands going into a digital archives or onto a social networking site. This is negotiable.
- Many rights holders are concerned about unauthorized uses of their works once they’re available, especially in a digital format. What reasonable precautions can you offer the rights holder that you will take to protect the content? For example, you could include copyright notices, encryption and a password-protected site.
For a more comprehensive course on leading copyright issues in your library or organization, see the Copyright Leadership Certificate.
See all of Copyrightlaws.com’s online copyright courses.