Copyright Permission Services

University Libraries works with faculty, staff, librarians, administrators, and others in the UofL community to help secure permission to use copyrighted works for teaching and learning. Possible uses of copyrighted works might include reproducing them in coursepacks, for course websites, through electronic reserves, or for the development of other resources by the University in support of teaching and learning.

Copyright Permission Services also can help faculty and others think about alternatives to securing copyright permission in appropriate circumstances, including when the work is not protected by copyright law, the material is already available for “linking” or reproduction as part of a UofL licensed resource, or the use falls within certain exceptions in copyright law.

Securing permission to use copyrighted works takes time and is often unpredictable. Adhering to deadlines is central to timely availability of your materials. Some requests can take 8 to 10 weeks and some can take longer under some circumstances, such as making the request near the beginning of the semester. Publishers, clearance houses, and other copyright owners are especially busy at these peak times. It is never too early to identify your needs and begin seeking permission.

Larry Raymond, the Coordinator of Copyright Permission Services, works closely with Dwayne K. Buttler, the Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair of Scholarly Communication and Professor in University Libraries, to identify solutions to a variety of shared copyright concerns and to develop educational opportunities for the UofL community to better understand copyright and how it relates to teaching and learning. Making appropriate uses of copyrighted materials is the responsibility of all in the UofL community, and making reasonable and good faith decisions is an important foundation for supporting those uses and making them appropriate.

For more information on about securing permission to use copyrighted works in teaching and learning, you can contact Larry Raymond at 852-5099 or at lraymond@louisville.edu email. You may also wish to consult the University's Copyright Guidelines and Resources page.

Copyright Permission Services is located in room 276 of the William F. Ekstrom Library.