Academic Permission Resources

The following resources can help you obtain permission to use materials for academic purposes.

Coursepack Resources

Educational Fair Use Guidelines

  • The established educational guidelines, as well as other rules regarding libraries, are available in Copyright Office Circular 21, “Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians,” which can be downloaded from See Chapter 13 for more information about Copyright Office circulars and contacting the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Copies of proposed guidelines in the report from the Patent and Trademark Office Conference on Fair Use (CONFU) may be downloaded from or may be obtained, free of charge, by mailing or faxing a written request to: CONFU Report, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, DC 20231; fax: 703-308-5258.