Getting Permission to Use Copyrighted Work in Your Thesis, Dissertation, Book, or Article
You will need to seek permission for the use of two types of copyrighted material.
If the material used is in the public domain, authors are not required to seek permission. That said, if the use of the material falls outside fair use, authors should provide acknowledgment and secure written permission.
Thesis and dissertation writers should consult Kenny Crews Copyright Law and Graduate Research listed in the Resources & Tools section below for a thorough discussion of their rights regarding their thesis/dissertation.
Image credit: Lee, Russell, photographer. Wife of a railroad worker typing a letter. Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Chicago. Cook County Illinois United States, 1941. Apr. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017788821/.
Types of Material Needing Permission
Here are some examples where the use falls outside of fair use and/or other exceptions:
Sample Permission Letters
Below are examples of typical permission letters you may wish to use in securing permission for classroom or publication use. For a lot more detail, consult the Association of American University Presses FAQ on obtaining permissions at http://www.aupresses.org/policy-areas/copyright-a-access/copyright-a-permissions/copyright-a-permissions/permissions-faq
Resources & Tools