Obtaining Permission: The Copyright Permissions Request is an online course using Copyrightlaws.com’s unique eTutorial approach.
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. Please email us if you want to enroll in 2020.
Participants do the work on their own time as their schedules permit. We don’t meet together at any specific times.
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
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5 Tips for Negotiating Permission
- What you pay for content is a matter of negotiation. Start by determining your budget and 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 precautions can you offer the rights holder that you will (and can reasonably do so) take to protect content? You could include copyright notices, encryption and a password protected site.
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