What is Copyright?
It is a legal right which is usually for a limited time that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution. This right is created by the law of a country. It is a form of intellectual property, applicable to any expressed representation of a creative work.

Copyrights are peculiar to a given territory. The territory can be covered by a copyright law of another territory if it is a party to an international agreement. While many aspects of national copyright laws have been standardized through international copyright agreements, copyright laws of most countries have some unique features.
In some countries, copyright privilege lasts 50 to 100 years after the death of the owner of the copyright material.

Steps involved in getting a Copyright permission.
Identify the owner of the copyright material: In the case of a book, permissions are usually gotten from the publisher or the author. For images, it is best to contact the photographer or the company that owns the images. For website contents, contact the site administrator.

Find out a suitable time to get the permission: It is usually good to start preparing to get a permission to use a copyrighted material on time as it sometimes takes long before permission to use is granted.
Know the rights you have: You have to determine if you have an exclusive or non-exclusive right to use the copyright material.

Find out if you have to pay: At times, to use a copyright material, you have to pay. Make sure you are aware of the cost implication before you get the permission. Sometimes, this is written in the copyright agreement.
The permission agreement should be in a written form: This should be endorsed by the person seeking to get permission to use a copyright material and the owner of the material.

There are also different types of permission.  It can be granted one time only, for online use only, for print use only or over a specific period of time.

Contact Freedom Rings and we’ll help you through the process of obtaining permission to use a Copyright item.