Before following these steps, please consult chapter 5 of this guide, "When Copyright Permission Is Needed."
- For public performance of an audio-visual work, please contact Buswell Library's video coordinator, 630.752.5620, firstname.lastname@example.org. For public performance of a stage play, consult with faculty members in the Communication department.
- For all other purposes, identify the copyright holder. Many works provide this information in a copyright notice on the item itself. The records of the U.S. Copyright Office may be searched at http://www.copyright.gov. Stanford University Library also makes available a database of copyright-renewal records at http://collections.stanford.edu/copyrightrenewals.
- If the copyright holder can be identified, look for instructions on the holder's Web site. If the copyright holder does not provide instructions or if the holder is an individual, send a written letter as shown in chapter 10 of this guide, "Sample Permission Request Letter."
- If the copyright holder or contact information cannot be identified, place your request through the Copyright Clearance Center at www.copyright.com or:
- American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers http://www.ascap.com/licensing
- Broadcast Music, Inc. http://www.bmi.com/licensing
- SESAC http://www.sesac.com/licensing/obtain_a_license.aspx
- Motion Picture Licensing Corporation http://www.mplc.org
- The copyright holder may decide to charge you for permission. You are free to negotiate the price. Permissions received through agencies will almost certainly come with a non-negotiable fee.
- Keep records of all correspondence. If you receive oral permission from the copyright holder, follow up with a written confirmation.
- It is good form to publicly thank copyright holders for permissions received. This is often done in an acknowledgements section of the new work you create or publish.
- Note that failure to receive permission (for example, when the copyright holder does not respond to your request) does not necessarily justify the use of a work.