Getting Permission / Sample Letters
In many cases, the restrictions of the copyright law may be lessened or waived altogether by contacting the copyright owner. The request should be made in writing and a self addressed, stamped envelope should accompany the request. (Addresses may be obtained in the library.) The request should be made well in advance of the needed date (at least two months), and the copyright owner should be given at least one month to reply. Instructors should keep a file of such requests, and are bound by the decision of the copyright holder.
In some cases, the copyright owner may specify certain conditions when granting permission (e.g., a fee). It is permissible to pass this fee on to the students if the material in question is photocopied. If a fee is required for nonprint materials, it should be charged to the instructor's departmental budget.
Should the copyright owner decide not to grant permission to your request, that videotaped program must be erased. Should you receive no response from the copyright owner, this is not to be interpreted as approval for your request.
APA Copyright and Permissions
American Psychological Association’s permissions policy and online permissions request forms.
Sample letter requesting permission to photocopy materials (PDF)
Sample letter requesting permission to retain off-air copies (PDF)