Updated April 30, 2010.
Prepared by Ann Hemmens. Updated by Amanda Runyon (2007), Patrick Flanagan (2010).
This guide is geared toward members of the academic community seeking permission to use copyrighted materials for teaching, research, or scholarly activities. The guide links to selected, online sources.
See also the Gallagher guide on Research in Copyright Law.
UW Copyright Connection
"Provides resources for students, researchers, staff, and faculty on copyright law, policies, and guidelines." Covers:
UW Publications Services, Copyrights Permission Center
The services described in this website are available to members of the academic community who are preparing printed course packs to be sold at UW copy centers. The Center obtains permissions from publishers to use selected materials, prints and sells the course packs, and incorporates the cost of the service into the price of the course pack.
UWTV, The Copyright Court
A streaming video presentation on copyright, fair use, and permissions.
UW Libraries, Copyright Information for Educators
A collection of links on UW policies, copyright basics, copyright in academia, draft guidelines proposed by the Conference on Fair Use (CONFU), and other topics.
Baruch College, Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses
A "guide to help faculty determine the appropriate copyright guidelines they must follow to use different types of copyright protected media in their courses."
Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center, Academic and Educational Permissions
Provides information and sample forms for educators to use when obtaining permissions for the compilation of coursepacks and an analysis of academic fair use guidelines. Based on Richard Stim, Getting Permission (Nolo).
SUNY at Albany, Intellectual Property, Copyright and Fair Use Resources
Targeted towards faculty and students seeking information on how copyright law affects their use of material for educational purposes. Under the heading "Getting Permission to Make Copies" are links to resources for obtaining permissions (including University Microforms International). Additionally the site contains links to sites addressing fair use issues, links to copyright guidelines and a bibliography of print and online sources.
University of Texas, Copyright Crash Course
Provides background information on fair use, copyright ownership and management, and copyright in the digital library environment. Focuses on the copyright concerns of faculty, administrators, students and others.
The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition, Resources Page
"SPARC provides a full suite of resources for librarians, authors, publishers, editors, and others who would like to educate themselves and help to create change in the scholarly communication system."
U.S. Copyright Office
Offers a vast amount of information about the law, the registration process, and related matters, including:
Copyright Clearance Center
This company provides services marketed to the academic community, including the Pay-Per-Use Permissions Service and Annual Copyright Licenses for coursepacks, handouts, library reserve, and course management systems. Also includes
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research, Online Copyright Resources
A collection of links to copyright basics and history, laws and regulating bodies, resources for distance education and open access to online scholarship, and discussion and opinion sources.
AcqWeb's Directory of Publishers and Vendors
An international directory of publishers and vendors of various types of materials. Links to publisher e-mail addresses and websites, with alphabetic, geographic, and subject indexes. Includes links to other organizations and associations connected to the publishing industry worldwide.
Association of American Publishers, Permission Department Contacts
Provides direct links to the copyright permission departments of the member publishers (over 200) and tips for requesting permission to use literary works. This site also contains several resources about copyright in their Rights & Permissions section.
Bowker's Publishers HomePages
This database contains contact information for more than 165,000 publishers, wholesalers, distributors, software firms, museums and association imprints, and other trade organizations. This complement to Books in Print (BIP) contains the editorial addresses and phone numbers for all types of publishers for various media formats.
Free registration gains access to US, Canadian, and international publishers' names and addresses.
Covers more than 7,400 publishers worldwide with links to websites. Search or browse by country, city, or US state; topic; or type of material (e.g., books, magazines).
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (UW Restricted)
Contains contact information for more than 240,000 academic and scholarly publications, consumer and trade magazines, monographic series, newsletters, newspapers, and electronic publications published throughout the world.
Queensland University of Technology, OAKList Database
This web-enabled database contains information about publishing agreements and publishers' open access policies.
Yahoo Directory, Publishers
Links to hundreds of publisher websites organized into categories (e.g., history, law, politics) and listed alphabetically.
American Association of Law Libraries, A Legal Publishers' List: Corporate Affiliations of Legal Publishers & Vendor Contact Information
The Corporate Affiliations page is organized by publishing families (Reed Elsevier, Thomson, and Wolters Kluwer) and independent publishers and the Contact Information page offers an alphabetic list in a pull-down menu. Maintained by the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors.
Law Reviews & Legal Periodicals
Links to online law reviews and journals, indicating whether the full-text, abstract, table of contents or subscription information is available. The journals are organized by type (e.g., general law review, subject specific law review, commercial law journals, foreign law journals, ABA journals and newsletters, general interest and computing periodicals) and then alphabetically by title. The contact information for publishers and editorial staff are generally located on the websites. Electronic journal and law review locating services are also listed.
On-Line Directory of Law Reviews and Scholarly Legal Periodicals
Includes contact information. With lists by title and type (general student-edited, special focus student-edited, and nonstudent-edited peer review and trade journals), as well as university presses.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Provides an online database of song titles licensed by ASCAP in the United States labeled the ACE Title Search For each title, you can find the names of songwriters and artists who made commercial recordings as well as the contact information for publishers. Search by song title, writer, performer, or publisher. Additional information is found on the Customer Licensees section.
American Society of Journalists and Authors, Member Web Sites
An alphabetically-organized list of links to more than one thousand nonfiction authors who are members of this organization. Contact information typically found on these websites.
A searchable database containing contact information names and addresses) for copyright holders of US and UK literary works.