Sample Permission Request and Release Letters

 

Sample Permission Request Letters

 

Download a Word doc of this letter here.

 

Both letters that follow consider the information that rights holders need in order to evaluate and process your request. Many publishers, museums, and other formal repositories have their own forms that they will ask you to complete. Adapt these letters as appropriate to suit your purposes. It is a good idea to send a duplicate letter, for the rights-holder to retain, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, for return of the signed form.

It is important that the rights granted not be restricted (e.g., that they not be limited to the North American market, or not exclude digital/electronic editions), as restrictions of rights for even a single illustration will limit the market for your book and the way in which it can be sold. If a rights holder restricts the rights granted, please contact the rights holder again to see whether world rights for all editions of the work (including digital/electronic) might be reasonably negotiated. (And if rights holders are reluctant to allow digital/electronic use, please underscore that digital/electronic editions of works are simply digitized versions of the book, typically sold to academic libraries, and that UVaP is a nonprofit, scholarly publisher.)

 

1. Permission for Unpublished Illustrative or Textual Material Held in a Repository (museum, library, private papers, etc.)

 

[date]

[your return address, with phone and fax numbers]

 

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

In a book I am preparing to be entitled [working title] {indicate if you are the editor of a volume authored by another}, scheduled for publication in [year] by the University of Virginia Press, I would like to include the following material/materials, which is/are in your holdings:

 

{for text: specify by description, collection name, holding number, etc., as necessary to provide a full description of the items}

 

{for illustrations: specify by description, collection name, holding number, etc., as necessary to provide a full description of the items; if you can, provide photocopies of images for which you request permission}

 

I request nonexclusive world rights to use this material {as jacket or cover art for my book} {OR} {as part of my work} published by the University of Virginia Press or its licensees, in all languages and for all editions and formats, including digital/electronic, and in any print or online  advertising and marketing materials promoting this book. Because UVaP is a nonprofit scholarly publisher and because my book will be published in a small edition, 000-0000 {ask your acquisitions editor for an estimate of the print run}, I hope you will waive any fees.

 

Please indicate your agreement by signing and returning this letter to me, specifying any credit line or other conditions you may require.

 

If you do not hold the rights for these texts/images, please forward this letter to the rights holder or inform me whom I should contact.

 

 

Sincerely yours,

 

[your signature]

[your name]

 

agreed to and accepted:

 

by date

 

credit and/or copyright notice:

 

 

2. Permission for Published Illustrative or Textual Material

 

[date]

[your return address, with phone and fax numbers]

 

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

In a book I am preparing to be entitled [working title] {indicate if you are the editor of a volume authored by another}, scheduled for publication in [year] by the University of Virginia Press, I would like to include the following material, which originally appeared in [title] by [author or editor], published in [year]:

 

{for text: describe material by page and paragraph number, indicating start and end quotations}

 

{for illustrations: if you can, provide photocopies of images for which you request permission}

 

{if you wrote the material but the publisher retained copyright, also indicate here whether you are reproducing the original exactly or whether you have changed the original; indicate what percentage of the original is duplicated exactly in your new MS}

 

I request nonexclusive world rights to use this material {as jacket or cover art for my book} {OR} {as part of my work} published by the University of Virginia Press or its licensees, in all languages and for all editions and formats, including digital/electronic, and in any print or online  advertising and marketing materials promoting this book. Because UVaP is a nonprofit scholarly publisher and because my book will be published in a small edition, 000-0000 {ask your acquisitions editor for an estimate of the print run}, I hope you will waive any fees.

 

Please indicate your agreement by signing and returning this letter to me, specifying any credit line or other conditions you may require.

 

If you do not hold the rights for these texts/images, please forward this letter to the rights holder or inform me whom I should contact.

 

 

Sincerely yours,

 

[your signature]

[your name]

 

agreed to and accepted:

 

by date

credit and/or copyright notice:

 


Sample Release Letters

Adapt the following sample release letters as appropriate to suit your purposes. It is a good idea to send a duplicate letter, for the rights-holder to retain, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, for return of the signed form.

It is important that the rights granted not be restricted (e.g., that they not be limited to the North American market, or not exclude digital/electronic editions), as restrictions of rights for even a single illustration will limit the market for your book and the way in which it can be sold. If a rights holder restricts the rights granted, please contact the rights holder again to see whether world rights for all editions of the work (including digital/electronic) might be reasonably negotiated. (And if rights holders are reluctant to allow digital/electronic use, please underscore that digital/electronic editions of works are simply digitized versions of the book, typically sold to academic libraries, and that UVaP is a nonprofit, scholarly publisher.)

 

3. Release for Photograph

 

[date]

[your return address, with phone and fax numbers]

 

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

In a book I am preparing to be entitled [working title] {indicate if you are the editor of a volume authored by another}, scheduled for publication in [year] by the University of Virginia Press, I would like to include the following material:

 

{describe photograph; describe the relation of the image to your text/what in your text you intend the photograph to illustrate }

 

I include a photocopy of the illustration I intend to use in the book. {for jacket or cover art only}I also intend to use this image on the book’s jacket/cover.

 

The University of Virginia Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher, and my book will be published in an edition of 000-0000 copies {ask your acquisitions editor for an estimate of the print run}. This work will be published in the United States and other countries. It may later be published in other editions, including digital/electronic and book club editions. In addition, portions may appear in published reviews or in advertising materials.

 

Please indicate your agreement to my publishing the attached image by signing and returning this letter to me.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

[your signature]

[your name]

 

agreed to and accepted:

 

by date

 

 

4. Release for Interview

 

[date]

[your return address, with phone and fax numbers]

 

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

In a book I am preparing to be entitled [working title] {indicate if you are the editor of a volume authored by another}, scheduled for publication in [year] by the University of Virginia Press, I would like to include the following material:

 

{give date and location of interview; explain how you intend to use the interview material in relation to your book’s text }

 

I include a printout of the portion of the interview transcript I intend to use in the book. Please correct any errors that you see. {if applicable} I will do my best to preserve your anonymity.

 

The University of Virginia Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher, and my book will be published in an edition of 000-0000 copies {ask your acquisitions editor for an estimate of the print run}. This work will be published in the United States and other countries. It may later be published in other editions, including digital/electronic and book club editions. In addition, portions may appear in published reviews or in advertising materials.

 

Please indicate your agreement to my publishing the interview by signing and returning this letter and, if applicable, the corrected transcript to me.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

[your signature]

[your name]

 

agreed to and accepted:

 

by date