University of Chicago Press
Guidelines for Fair Use of Our Publications
The University of Chicago Press also makes available its Copyright Guidelines. Both documents can be downloaded in a single PDF file.
In order to encourage the fair use of published materials in new scholarly publications while protecting authors’ rights, these guidelines define what the University of Chicago Press (UCP) considers to be fair use of publications from UCP. No author or publisher need seek permission from UCP for uses that are designated as “eligible” under these guidelines.
I. Types of Uses Eligible under These Guidelines
These guidelines deal with only the following traditional forms of scholarly use in publications:
These guidelines are media-neutral. In other words, use that is fair in print, by these guidelines, will be equally fair in electronic media, and will remain fair if a print product is reissued in electronic form. (See Types of Works Subject to Fair Use below for certain exceptions to this.)
II. Uses Not Governed by These Guidelines
The following uses are outside the scope of these guidelines and are not considered fair use:
III. Types of Works Subject to Fair Use
“Source Work”: Any UCP publication in any medium is defined as a Source Work and is subject to these guidelines: journals, books, and electronic publications (including but not limited to CD-ROMs), “electronic books,” and Internet-based publications, with the following exceptions.
In case of doubt, prospective users should feel free to query UCP as to whether it owns particular electronic or translation rights (contact information is given at the end of this document). If it does so, then these guidelines apply in the medium or language concerned.
IV. Quantitative Guidelines
A new work will be considered to be within the bounds of fair use if:
These guidelines are cumulative. A use must comply with all of them to be considered fair. Thus, when quoting from a book, the author of a new work may quote no more than 300 consecutive words and no more than a total of 5,000 words from that book; in addition, the quoted words must not constitute more than 5 percent of the Source Work or more than 5 percent of the new work. See also, though, items above under the heading Uses Not Governed by These Guidelines. Material set apart in the text, such as in a “box,” is not fair use even if it falls within the quantitative guidelines given here.
V. Qualitative Guidelines
Any use that meets the above parameters must also conform to the following requirements:
VI. “Downstream” Rights of the User
Provided that the use of a Source Work complies with these guidelines, the user and his/her publisher may license third parties to reproduce the Source Work material in the context of the user’s own text, but not otherwise.
VII. To Request Permission or Clarification
If you have questions about any of the above or to request permission for copying materials from any University of Chicago Press publication, please write and include full information (author, title, complete description of material to be reprinted, and, if applicable, a brief description of your question) to the attention of the Permissions Department, 1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Or you may contact the Permissions Department via fax: (773) 702-9756. We will attempt to respond within ten working days.