Getting Permission

Getting Permission

Using & Licensing Copyright-Protected Materials Online & Off

Richard Stim


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If you’re using copyrighted material, don’t get sued— get permission!

Online or off, before you use some or all of a song, photo, book, or any other work covered by copyright law, you need to get permission. If you don’t, you could end up facing legal action from the rights-holder.

This easy-to-use book shows you how to get the rights you need, with step-by-step instructions and more than 30 forms. Find out when permission is required, who to ask, and when (and how much) you can expect to pay. Getting Permission explains:

  • the copyright permission process
  • the public domain (“free” content)
  • how to figure out who owns a copyright
  • website permissions
  • the “fair use” rule
  • school-related permissions
  • license and merchandise agreements (including sample contracts and other forms)
  • and much more.

The 8th edition is updated with summaries of recent copyright and fair use cases, as well as dozens of real-life questions from the Dear Rich permissions blog.

Richard Stim is an intellectual property attorney and author of the popular permissions blog, Dear Rich: An Intellectual Property Blog.


Richard Stim:
Attorney Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues. He is the author of many Nolo books, including Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business, Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim regularly answers readers' intellectual property questions at Dear Rich: An Intellectual Property Blog.