5:170-AP2 – Seeking Permission to Copy or Use Copyrighted Works
The following resources are a partial list of where to begin searching for permission to copy or use copyrighted work. Whenever it is unclear who the owner is, or if the owner is a legal entity of some kind (a business or organization), be sure that the person granting permission is authorized to do so. Once it is known whom to ask, initiate contact by writing a letter, calling, or emailing. Seek written permission that clearly describes its scope. Document the receipt of an oral permission and send the owner a confirming letter. A copyright protects materials regardless of whether the owner cares about protection or not. Thus, if required permission cannot be obtained, the work may not be used.
1. For information regarding how to find copyright owners, contact the Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders (WATCH) program through the University of Texas, Austin’s Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at research.hrc.utexas.edu/watch/. Phone: 512/471-8944, Fax: 512/471- 9646, Email: www.hrc.utexas.edu/contact/.
2. For a part of a book or a journal article, contact: Copyright Clearance Center, “CCC” Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, Phone: 978/750-8400, Fax: 978/646-8600 Email: email@example.com, www.copyright.com.
3. For images, contact: The Film Foundation, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: 303/436-5060, Fax: 323/436-5061, Email: www.film-foundation.org; American Society of Media Photographers, 150 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215/451- 2767, Fax: 215/451-0880, Email: www.asmp.org.
4. If the author owns the copyright in a contribution to a periodical, magazine, or newspaper, permission may be obtained through The National Writers Union, PO Box 2424, Chicago, IL 60690, Phone: 312/924-1835, www.nwu.org; and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: 323/782-1010, Fax: 323/782-1892, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.scbwi.org.
5. For a musical work, contact: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, (ASCAP) One Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023, Phone: 212/621-6000, Email: www.ascap.com; Broadcast Music Incorporated, (BMI), 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019-3790, Phone: 212/586- 2000, Email: www.bmi.com/home/licensing; or SESAC, 55 Music Square East, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615/320-0055, Fax: 615/329-9627, Email: www.sesac.com.
6. To record and distribute a musical composition recorded by someone else, or synchronize music with visual images, contact: The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., National Music Publishers Association, 711 Third Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017, Phone: 212/370-5330, Fax: 646/ 487-6779, Email: www.harryfox.com, www.nmpa.org.
|Play RightsSamuel French, Inc.
45 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010-2751
|Anchorage Press (Plays for young people|
7. Play Rights
Samuel French, Inc. Anchorage Press (Plays for young people)
45 West 25th Street c/o Dramatic Publishing
New York, NY 10010-2751 311 Washington St.
Phone: 212/206-8990 Woodstock, IL 60098-3308
Fax: 212/206-1429 Phone/Fax: 800/448-7469
Baker’s Plays Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
c/o Samuel French, Inc. 440 Park Avenue South
45 W. 25th Street New York, NY 10016
New York, NY 10010 Phone: 212/683-8960
Phone: 323/876-0579 Fax: 212/213-1539
Fax: 323/876-5482 email@example.com
8. For news archives, check the Web. Many of the largest news organizations have placed archives of their back issues online.
9. Movies The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, 5455 Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066, Phone: 800/462-8855, Fax: 310/822-4440, Email: mplc.org/index/contactform, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mplc.com, grants public performance rights. If the author and the publisher are known, contact them directly. If the publisher is unknown contact: The Literary Marketplace, www.literarymarketplace.com (for books) or Ulrich’s International Periodicals, www.ulrichsweb.com (for journals), both published by the R. R. Bowker Company, www.bowker.com.
10. Changed Owner The apparent copyright owner may not be the real copyright owner. The U.S. Copyright Office of Internet Resources, www.loc.gov/copyright, provides online searching of its registration records and performs professional searches for a fee.
11. Software Contact the software’s manufacturer at the address given on the licensing agreement.
Date Approved: October 12, 2011