United States copyright law protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. If you wish
to make more than fair use of an unpublished manuscript in a publication, you must determine whether the
work has passed into the public domain and is no longer under copyright protection or find the copyright
holder and get permission to use the manuscript. The links below can help you track down copyright
holders of both manuscript and nonmanuscript materials, such as audio tapes, photographs, works of art,
and motion pictures.
Copyright Ownership & Fees for Certain Ransom Center
Locating UK Copyright Holders
Locating US Copyright Holders
Copyright Crash Course
Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders (WATCH)
Users may either request reproductions made for research of Ransom Center materials or make them
themselves using a digital camera; the Center's Materials Use Policy
recommends that any reproductions made for publication be produced by the Center's staff. The
Center reserves the right to deny requests for copies based on condition or copyright status and to
limit the size of orders or the number of copies made by those using cameras. Users who wish to order
reproductions for research or publication should first consult the fee
schedule and must complete a Photoduplication Order Form.
A variety of reproduction formats are available, depending on the type
of material. Those who wish to make their own research copies should familiarize themselves with the
terms of the Camera Use Policy.
Fees may be assessed for the use of Ransom
Center materials in publications, performances, audio-visual productions, and exhibitions. Other fees
may apply when the Center is also the copyright
holder; details about payment methods are available here.
Intent to Publish
With the exception of source material that is in the public domain, we require a completed Notification of Intent form for use in publication. Using
public domain material? Although we waive forms and fees in that case, we'd love to learn about your
project. Please consider filling out a Notification of