UCB Libraries


Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Materials

A good first place to see if CU-Boulder has a site license for the copyrighted material is the CU-Boulder Libraries Licensing FAQ site and the Faculty Director for Electronic Resources Development and Information Delivery, Yem Fong.


Another excellent on-campus resource is the CU Book Store, which routinely handles obtaining permission as well as photocopying materials for course packs (readers). Contact the CU Bookstore, Campus Publishing Service at 303-492-3648 or John Stovall for help.


If you prefer to obtain permission yourself, excellent online resources are readily available. To obtain permission to use excerpts from books, periodicals, music, photographs, and motion pictures, the links below will be useful. You may also can contact the author and/or owner directly; although it's important to realize that the author may not be the copyright owner.


If you would prefer to contact the author and/or owner (e.g. publisher) directly, some tips and sample letters can be found at the following sites: