Answered By: Siu Chen Lim
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2019     Views: 115

Only the owner of the copyright in he book may give permission. 

The author is not necessarily the owner of copyright in a published book because:-

  • the author might have assigned or exclusively licensed the copyright in the work to the publisher and would not be able to give permission;
  • under copyright law, the publisher and not the author has the exclusive right to make a reproduction of a published edition. 

Please obtain permission from the correct party when seeking to upload more than 10% or one chapter of a published work. One possible way to identify the copyright owner is to look for the © print e.g. “© Jane Doe 2019”

Note: This FAQ applies primarily to print books. For e-books, we will place a hyperlink in LumiNUS, as with all other NUS Libraries e-Resources. Quantity made available is subject to the e-book database restrictions. 

See: How much of a book or e-book or journal am I allowed to copy?

The content in these FAQs is meant for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for legal counsel and does not constitute legal advice.

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