How to Request Permission to Copy
When you seek permission, always ask first if they actually own the
copyright. The creator may have assigned their rights to someone else
(publisher, music or video producer, photographer’s employer, etc.)
Most major publishers have online permissions links. You can also
request permission by email. Don’t ask for blanket permission to copy.
Address the request to the permissions department of the publisher/
producer and include this information:
• Title, author and/or editor, and edition of material
• Exact material to be copied (amount, page numbers, URL, track,
• Number of copies to be made
• Use of the copy (or distribution)
• Whether the copy will be sold
• Type of copying (download, digital transfer, scan, photocopy, etc.)
This is a summary of the Computer Software Copyright Act of 1980.
Read the software license for restrictions and permissions.
• You can make one back-up copy of a program you own and use it
if the original fails.
• You can adapt a program by adding content or adapting to another
• You can’t sell, distribute, or transfer the adapted version.
• You can’t make one copy for home and
one for school use.
• You can’t make a copy for a friend.