Permisions Blog: Since February 2014

Quai Branly

BY Cali Buckley

In the past, I’ve heard of authors having trouble contacting the Quai Branly.

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Obtaining permission to use Brassaï images

BY Jade Brooks

For this project, we understood that we would need to get permission to use the Brassaï photos from both Art Resource and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, which manages the Brassaï estate.

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Bridgeman Case Reprise

BY Cali Buckley

One of the main problems that become apparent in the permissions world is the fact that many institutions require that anyone who wants to use their image in a book pay for both the image and the permission. But often the institution doesn’t actually have rights to the image if the object is already in the public domain.

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The Curious Case of the Missing Reprint

BY Tony Sanfilippo

As long as I've been at the Penn State Press I've been trying to get John Cech's book on the poetics of Maurice Sendak back into print. It was published in 1996, before I came to the Press, and it was pretty well received, but it then quickly went out of print. The roadblock to bringing it back into print came when we approached HarperCollins, Sendak's usual publisher, about using the illustrations for a second printing.

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E-book Rights

BY Cali Buckley

So far, we have not had any instances where rights holders have denied e-book rights, but they often require a larger fee.

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The Beautiful, In-Demand, and Out-of-Print Textbook

BY Cali Buckley

This particular book was living in limbo—though the publisher had printed a total of 12,000 copies in hardback and paperback editions, it was now out of print and its second life in the used book market was slowly fading as students, historians, and book lovers hoarded it. 

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The British Museum and E-Book Publishing

BY Cali Buckley

One thing the British Museum does not allow through their free image service is e-book publishing, but they have adapted to the increasing demand for e-books.

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The Bridgeman Case

BY Cali Buckley

One case that has had a huge effect on how we understand rights to use images in the United States is the Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp. case of 1999.

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