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Copyright and Fair Use

This guides provides you with guidelines regarding Copyright and Fair Use.

Obtaining Copyright Permission

Obtaining Permission

When writing for publication it is important to keep in mind that you may be required to provide copyright permission for extensive text and/or images used from other articles.  Even if the use would fall within "fair use" guidelines for classroom or research use, permission may be needed to publish.  Links are provided on this page to some publishers information on how to request permissions.  Be aware, this information may change often.

Books, Articles, Photos and Illustrations Clearance Contacts

To obtain permission to use any part of a book, you should contact the publisher. The publisher will be listed in the copyright notice on one of the first few pages of the book. Often an address for the publisher is provided too. When requesting permission, be sure to include the ISBN number (which is how publishers identify the books), which usually appears near the copyright notice or on the cover of the book.

For articles, photos and illustrations appearing in magazines, the best place to start is the publisher of the magazine. The information for the publisher will be listed on the credits page of the magazine somewhere near the front. In some cases, where the writer, photographer or artist is not an employee of the publisher, they will retain the right to grant you permission, but magazine publisher will usually tell you how to contact them.

Publishers using Copyright Clearance Center rights link:

Copyright Clearance Center

Below is a list of publishers with a link to their permission information. These publishers will most likely redirect you to a Copyright Clearance Center service called  Rights LInk .  That was their preferred option when they were added to this list.

Film Clip Clearance

Film Clip Clearance Contacts
To obtain permission to use a film or a clip from a film, you should contact the copyright owner of the film. The copyright owner will be identified, usually in a full screen image at the beginning of the film, as well as in the copyright notice, which usually appears at the end of the end, credits of the film. If you have a video of the film, the copyright notice will also appear on the box and the videocassette itself. Information for most of the major film studios is listed below:


Columbia Pictures
10202 West Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Dreamworks Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza, Building 477
Universal City, CA 91608

Fox 2000 Pictures
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900

Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Touchstone Pictures/Disney
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91522

 

Television Clip Clearance

Television Clip Clearance Contacts

Figuring out whom to obtain permission from for a television show is similar to obtaining permission to use a film. The copyright owner will be identified in the copyright notice at the end of the program (at the end of the credits). Keep your eyes open because it may only be shown for an instant. Similarly, if you have a video of the film, the copyright notice will appear on the box and the videocassette itself. Information for many major owners of television programming is listed below:

 
ABC News
147 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

Buena Vista Television
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91321

Bunim-Murray Prods Inc.
6007 Sepulveda Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91411

CBS News
524 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Columbia Pictures Television
9336 W. Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Columbia TriStar Television
9050 W. Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Comedy Central
2049 Century Park E., #2295
Los Angeles, CA 90067

E! Entertainment Television
5750 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Inc.
15303 Ventura Blvd., #1400
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Harpo Productions
Harpo Studios
110 N. Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

NBC Studios
330 Bob Hope Drive
Burbank, CA 91523

Nickelodeon
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Paramount Domestic TV and
Paramount Network Television Prods.
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038

Studios USA
8800 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90069

Titan Sports Inc.
PO Box 3857
Stamford, CT 06902

Twentieth Century Fox Television
10201 W. Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

VH1
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Viacom Prods. Inc.
10880 Wilshire Blvd., #1101
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Walt Disney Television Animation
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Warner Bros. Animation
15301 Ventura Boulevard, Unit E
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Worldwide Pants Inc.
1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Warner Bros. Television
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91522

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