Copyright Tip: I Attributed the Source. Do I Still Need to Obtain Permission?

Many people assume that they are free to use copyright protected materials as long as they provide the proper attribution for the source of the materials. Unfortunately, attribution is not a substitute for securing permission.

For business purposes, you must obtain permission from the material’s copyright holders or their agents first before you can lawfully:

  • Reproduce materials
  • Distribute copies of material
  • Prepare derivative materials based upon the work
  • Display or perform the work publicly

Otherwise, it is infringement, and you may face legal penalties.