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Copyright: The Law and Guidelines

Getting Permission - U.S.

Copyright Clearance Center Also known as CCC, this organization can assist with copyright permissions and a variety of other services.

"Getting Permission" This guide, put together at the University of Texas, gives excellent practical advice concerning where to get permission to use works protected by copyright.

Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office A forum for exploring rights management copyright education and awareness.

The WATCH File The WATCH File is a database to be used for locating copyright holders. WATCH is run jointly by the Harry Ransom Center and Reading University Library.

Durationator  Tulane Center for IP Law and Culture. In beta testing, this is a "software and research system that provides legal information regarding the copyright status of any work in any jurisdiction in the world." Fee for services.

The Basics of Getting Permission Stanford University details five basic steps for getting permission: Determine if permission is needed. Identify the owner. Identify the rights needed. Contact the owner and negotiate whether payment is required. Get your permission agreement in writing.

Getting Permission - International

Introduction to International Copyright Law Brief overview with references to the Berne Copyright Convention and the Marrakesh Treaty. This site provides current, concise information with a follow-up quiz to test your knowledge. Courses are available.

World International Property Organization (WIPO) In particular see the WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook (2004) "This general reference work...covers all aspects of intellectual property (IP), including international treaties and conventions, the administration and enforcement of IP rights and WIPO's work in its Member States. Issues such as electronic commerce, biotechnology, traditional knowledge and management of copyright and related rights are also covered."