Academic and Educational Permissions

This chapter focuses on getting permission to use copyrighted works for academic purposes. It provides information on assembling academic coursepacks and using copyrighted material in the classroom. The chapter also includes form agreements you can use to obtain clearances for coursepacks and information on educational fair use guidelines. This information has its own chapter because there are special legal rules that apply to academic uses, as well as special services that can help educators obtain academic permissions.

The first half of this chapter focuses on the most common need for academic permission—permission to compile a collection of copyrighted materials used for teaching into a “coursepack” or “reader.” The second half of the chapter is devoted to an analysis of academic fair use guidelines, under which permission is not required for educational use of copyrighted materials.