IF ONLY IT WERE ALWAYS THIS EASY.....
Do you need permission for you use?
You will need to obtain permission if the material you want to use is (1) covered by copyright and (2) your use would neither be a fair use nor fall within another statutory limitation, such as the exception for face-to-face teaching. For more information on these topics, see the Public Domain, Fair Use, or Copyright for Instructors pages.
Finding the Copyright Owner of a Work
The copyright notice (e.g., "© 2014 The Trustees of Indiana University") on a physical copy of a work can be used to identify the copyright owner at the time of publication. Sometimes physical copies of a work do not include a copyright notice or the rights have been assigned or transferred to another party. For works registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, you can search records of registered books, music, art, periodicals, and other works at www.copyright.gov. Current copyright owners and their contact information can be found for works registered for licensing with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) by searching the CCC website at www.copyright.com. The owners of musical works can be found for compositions registered with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC or the Harry Fox Agency.
If the copyright owner cannot be located, the work has become "orphaned" and you may be unable to use it. The problem of "orphan works" has been investigated by Congress, and several bills have been proposed, though none have become law.
Once you have found the copyright owner, you'll want to ask for permission to use the material. Certain entities, such as the Copyright Clearance Center, may also help you obtain permission to use a particular work.
If you determine that you need to obtain permission for reuse of copyrighted material, you should communicate complete and accurate information to the copyright owner. To expedite the process, the American Association of Publishers provides the following advice:
For more information on obtaining permission to reuse copyrighted materials, please visit:
Sample Letters Requesting Permission to Reproduce Copyrighted Material