Copyright Permission Services

The recent retirement of the Coordinator of Copyright Permission Services, effective July 31, 2015, has given University Libraries an opportunity to reexamine how to most appropriately offer copyright permission services to the UofL community in support of its educational mission.

Supporting the diverse needs of the UofL community in securing permission to use copyrighted works beyond to the limits of fair use and other copyright exceptions is a priority consideration framing that review. Making best use of already existing electronic resources is another prime consideration surrounding how to most effectively serve teaching and research needs in a research university.

During this review period, Copyright Permission Services cannot provide direct support for clearing copyright with rightsholders because of staffing limitations. In addition, copyright permissions services will no longer provide clearance of print “coursepacks” moving forward. Print coursepacks are seldom still used for student readings.

As an alternative, University Libraries offers many resources and materials, including library acquired databases of electronic resources , that cross disciplines and effectively support the teaching and research goals of faculty and the learning and scholarly inquiry of students. Open access journals also continue to evolve and grow presenting other pathways to scholarship without the limitations of toll journals. Subject specialists within University Libraries also provide expert help in identifying specific resources that may meet your needs and objectives in teaching (and scholarly efforts) and can provide alternatives to clearing copyright for coursepacks by simply linking to an article acquired by University Libraries.

Dwayne K. Buttler, the Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair of Scholarly Communication and Professor in University Libraries, will continue addressing questions about copyright, publication agreements, and open access for the UofL community and can help guide you in deciding how best to achieve your goals within the framework of lawful use under copyright law. Making appropriate uses of copyrighted materials is the responsibility of all members of the UofL community, and making reasonable and good faith decisions is an important foundation for supporting lawful use. Dwayne can be reached at  or (502)852-3128 if you would like to talk further about your copyright needs.