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Copyright: Requesting Permissions

Trying to organize a lesson plan and not sure what copyright allows you to use?

Sample Letters

There are a number of sources for finding sample letters, several have been added below.  If you wish to start from scratch, or you wish to call or email you should have the following information on hand.

Title: Learning in College, Second Edition
Copyright: Hypothetical Book Company, 1970, 1972
Author: John Doe
Material to be duplicated: Chapters 5, 6, and 15 (photocopy enclosed)
Number of Copies: 500
Distribution: The material will be distributed to students in my classes and they will pay only the cost of the photocopying
Type of Reprint: Photocopy
Use: The chapters are to be used as supplementary teaching materials.


Crews, Kenneth D. "Permissions." Columbia Copyright Advisory Office. Columbia University, 23 June 2009. Web. 27 May 2011. <>.

Russell, Carrie, and Dwayne K. Buttler. "Chapter 6." Complete Copyright: an Everyday Guide for Librarians. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004. 107-14. Print.

Clearance Agencies

There are a number of clearance agencies that you can apply  to based on the format of the material for which you are requesting permissions.

Q & A

Q: How can I search for records that may have had their copyright renewed?

A: You can check