School Rights & Permissions FAQ

Address:
Houghton Mifflin Company
ATTN: School Rights &
Permissions Department
222 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116-3764
Email:
School_Permissions@hmco.com
Fax:
617-351-3546

1. What is copyright?

Copyright is the legal right of creators of ‘original works of authorship’ that have been fixed in a tangible medium of expression, which include literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other creative works, both published and unpublished. Copyright law provides the following exclusive rights for copyright owners:

  1. to reproduce all or part of the copyrighted work
  2. to prepare derivative versions based on the original copyrighted work
  3. to distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public
  4. to perform or display the copyrighted work publicly

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2. What is permission?

Permission is authorization to make a copy (printed or electronic) of material that is protected by copyright. Examples of copying for which permission is required include photocopying or re-publishing printed works, copying or re-recording songs, posting material to a Web page, and transmitting or broadcasting via cable or satellite.

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3. How long does copyright protection last?

The length of copyright protection for a given work may depend on a number of factors, including the date the work was created, the publication history of the work, the life span of the author, and whether the work was created as a “work made for hire.” Generally speaking, works that have been published in the United States since 1923 are protected by copyright. For more information on copyright duration and a summary of the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which extends the term of copyright for copyrighted works in the United States, see the U.S. Copyright Office's FAQ.

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4. Are Out-of-Print books still protected by copyright?

Whether a book is out of print or not does not affect its copyright status. The majority of Houghton Mifflin School Division publications that are out of print are still protected by copyright.

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5. How do I find out who owns the copyright for a particular work?

You should consult the copyright notice in the work as well as any acknowledgments pages (usually located on the copyright page and/or at the back of the book). If you have a photocopy that does not contain a copyright notice or list acknowledgments, refer to an original copy of the work.

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6. What if material in a Houghton Mifflin School Division publication is credited to another source?

That means Houghton Mifflin requested and received permission from the rights-holder to use the material in our work. In that case, you must direct your request to the original rights-holder, since Houghton Mifflin is not authorized to grant such permission.

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7. How will I know if Houghton Mifflin School Division is no longer the copyright holder of a given work?

After receiving your written request, we will notify you if we have transferred the copyright to the work to someone else.

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8. For what reason(s) might Houghton Mifflin School Division deny permission?

The School Division cannot grant permission if the rights to a particular work have been transferred to another party. In addition, we do not have the right to grant permission to use material that we obtained permission to reprint in our various publications.

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9. What information do you require in order to process a permissions request?

Please see the Photocopy/Reprint Permissions form for complete information.

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10. How can I link to the Houghton Mifflin Education Place® web site?

Please visit the Link to Us page for complete information.

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11. How do I request permission for classroom photocopying or for publication in another book?

Please see the Photocopy/Reprint Permissions form for complete information.

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12. What if I want to use Houghton Mifflin School Division material in my thesis or dissertation?

Please send your request in writing to Houghton Mifflin School Division via fax at (617) 351-3546 or by e-mail at School_Permissions@hmco.com. Please visit the Photocopy/Reprint Permissions form for more information.

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14. How long is a permissions grant valid?

For classroom photocopying, permission is generally valid for one year. For publication in another book, permission is generally valid for 10 years, per edition.

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15. How long will it take to obtain permission from Houghton Mifflin School Division?

The more complete your request, the faster we will be able to process it. Generally, it takes a minimum of 2-3 weeks for a response. However, during peak seasons, processing time may increase.

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16. What can I do to speed up turnaround time on my request?

Complete requests are generally processed faster, because we will not need to contact you for additional information. If you have used the same material in previous school years or publications, sending a copy of the prior agreement will assist us in our research. Please do not call to follow up on your request, as this slows down the granting process.

If you have an immediate deadline, include that on the request, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

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17. When is payment due?

Payment is due promptly within 60 days of contract date.

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18. What kind of documentation should I send with my payment?

At the minimum, please include a copy of the agreement or payment invoice. If you are paying for more than one permission with the same check, please itemize the amounts.

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19. What if the book is not a Houghton Mifflin School Division publication? Whom should I contact in your other divisions?

You will need to provide the same information as if you were requesting permission for a School Division publication. The following is a list of fax numbers and addresses for other Houghton Mifflin divisions:

McDougal Littell (secondary school / 9-12)
Permissions Department
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
FAX (847) 869-0841

Houghton Mifflin College Division
Permissions Department
222 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
FAX (617) 351-3801

Houghton Mifflin Trade and Reference Division
Children's and Adult Trade Permissions
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
FAX (212) 420-5899

Houghton Mifflin Trade and Reference Division
Reference and Dictionary Permissions
222 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
FAX (617) 351-1116

Sunburst Technology
Permissions Department
101 Castleton Street
Pleasantville, NY 10570
FAX (914) 747-1678

Great Source Education Group (K-12 supplemental products)
Permissions Department
181 Ballardvale Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
FAX (978) 661-1331

Riverside Publishing (testing and assessment products)
Permissions Department
425 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143-2079
FAX (630) 467-619.

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