How to obtain Permission

You need to approach the copyright owner to find out whether you need his permission to use the work. The name of the copyright owner is normally provided somewhere on the work. The copyright owner can either be contacted directly or through a copyright licensing organization. You may ask the copyright owner for a license to use the work, and you are free to negotiate the fee for such a license.

A sample letter that can be used to request permission to use copyrighted works is shown below:

Dear Sirs,

I am a student/Faculty member (delete as applicable) of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.

I am seeking your permission to copy/quote from/ incorporate into my online course materials/thesis/book (delete as applicable) the following piece:

Title of work:
Publication year:
Page numbers / portion of work to be used:
Number of copies:
Intended use:

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any additional information. I can be contacted via email at: (insert)