How long does it take to get copyright permission?

The amount of time it takes to secure copyright permissions can vary quite a bit. The best advice is to allow as much time as possible to securing copyrights because some copyright permissions can take weeks or longer to clear.

In cases where it is necessary to secure permissions you should consider the following approaches.

  1. Check the work for information about appropriate uses. Increasingly copyright holders indicate appropriate uses of a given work through Creative Commons license agreements that may, for example, allow for noncommercial uses. .
  2. Consider using a copyright permissions service. One fee-based service is operated by Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). If CCC doesn’t have licensed authority to grant immediate permission, it will next make a direct inquiry of the copyright holder for all remaining items.
  3. Obtain copyright permissions directly from the author.

See more information on obtaining permissions.