Answered By: Jennifer Luzadder
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2015     Views: 9

It’s true that we have no control over whether a creator grants permission, or how quickly.  But often, it’s not as difficult as you may think.

Consider the owner - is it a large corporation, or an individual or small group?  What are the aims of the piece you intend to use - is it to inform, or is it to sell something?  Thinking critically about the resource and who owns it will often help guide you as to the potential of getting permission. Often, it simply involves emailing the content owner and asking to use the piece in your class.  Many content creators are flattered by the request!

There is guidance available for you to ask a content owner for permission on the Copyright for Faculty site (select the Getting Permission tab).  In addition, librarians have some experience with seeking permission to use resources; ask your librarian how it’s done (but please don’t ask him/her to do it for you!).

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