VIII. How can I get permission to use a copyrighted work?

VII. How can I get permission to use a copyrighted work?
The term for permission to use someone’s copyrighted work is referred to as a “license.” There are all sorts of industry terms for specific types of licenses, including “mechanical licenses” and “synchronization licenses.”
No matter what they are called, they all serve the same purpose. They grant sometimes unlimited, sometimes exclusive rights to any one of the many rights that copyright grants to copyright holders.
How easy or difficult it is to get permission varies wildly.
A photographer, Eric Cheng, describes his process for deciding whether to give away his photographic work for free or ask for compensation.
If you need help finding the proper party to ask permission from to use a work or if you need help understanding the terms of a license agreement provided to you, feel free to contact New Media Rights via our contact form to find out whether you qualify for free or reduced fee legal services. We also offer competitive full fee legal services on a selective basis. For more information on the services we provide click here.
Frequently asked questions about how to get permission to use a copyrighted work
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