Library Services can help you to obtain copyright permissions. Use the Copyright Permissions Form to request assistance or to report permissions that you have obtained yourself.
We maintain a repository of copyright permissions obtained by and for Nova Scotia Health team members.
Please allow at least 6 weeks for the permissions process. If you have a shorter deadline, consider linking to the resource or finding an alternative.
If you would prefer to request permission yourself to use or adapt a resource, follow the steps outlined below.
To request copyright permission, you will need to:
- Identify the copyright owner and their contact information. Understand that:
- It can be difficult to determine who owns copyright in a resource, particularly for online content such as images.
- The author may not be the copyright owner. For example, journal publishers may own copyright in articles.
- There may be a fee for reuse.
- State how you want to reuse the information.
- Will it appear on a website, in a presentation, in a course, in an article?
- Will it be in digital or print format?
- Will it be available on a private network or on the internet?
- How many copies will you make?
- Do you want to modify the content?
- Allow at least six weeks for the permission process.
- Get permission in writing.
- Save a copy for your records.
- Have a backup plan in case the answer is “no” or the fee is more than you are willing to pay.
- Please report any permissions you receive using the Copyright Permissions Form.