A license includes the terms for using a copyrighted work. Rights holders will ask for specifics about your intended use will grant or restrict the use within the license contract. Some sample questions asked when preparing a license include:
Copyright holders have six exclusive rights for their works: to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works, perform, display, and for sound recordings, to perform publicly live or via transmission. When you seek permission to use a copyrighted work, you are requesting permission for one or more of these rights. Some examples where you would need to get licensing include:
In each of these situations, you would need to locate the rights holders and request a license.
Public performance is the broadcast or performance of a work in a public arena outside the classroom. This can include film screenings, and musical, choreographic or dramatic performances. Public performances of copyrighted materials require licensing, whether or not an admission fee is charged.
Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) license works for public performance. PROs offer different types of licenses and fees depending on the event type, venue size, and profit/non-profit determination.
Rights holders may be individuals, large publishing houses, record labels, or rights management organizations. Websites, databases, streaming services, software, and e-books typically have existing licenses. For example, SMU Libraries databases include licensing terms permitting current students, faculty, and staff the use of content for personal research and educational purposes.
Sometimes the copyright holder's information may be found next to the copyright notice. If not, you may find the rights holder through the Copyright Office or through various subject-specific licensing agencies, linked from this guide.