Thesis: Obtaining Copyright Permission

In some cases, students include in their thesis/practicum a substantial amount of text from another copyrighted source, or images such as photographs, tables, diagrams or maps from other copyrighted sources. Written permission from the copyright holder(s) may be required. A sample copyright permission letter is available from the Copyright Office website at Some copyright holders prefer to use their own permission forms or licences. All of these are acceptable ways to obtain permission.

Visit the Copyright Office website at for copyright guidance on when permission is required or send your question to

It is our experience at the Faculty of Graduate Studies that students and Advisors may not be aware of requirements in the Copyright Act with respect to obtaining copyright permission.