CCEF resources are generally intended for personal use only (unless otherwise licensed) and are protected under US Copyright law. CCEF reserves all rights to resources. As such, any individual wishing to duplicate, distribute, create a derivative work (such as a translation), broadcast, or publicly display resources must submit a permissions application in order to request additional permissions.
The decision to grant permissions involves a variety of factors including whether or not the author is a current employee, whether the resource is part of another published work (i.e., a book, a minibook, etc.), whether or not the resource has already been translated (for translation requests), and the type, nature, and duration of the request.
Permissions can be a complicated process and involves multiple layers of consideration including publishing contracts, rights to translation, etc. Because of this, many organizations outsource their permissions process to copyright businesses that regularly work with copyrighted print and digital media. CCEF has a relationship with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Academic institutions and libraries are encouraged to utilize the American Theological Library Association's ATLAS PLUS product available through EBSCOhost for Journal of Biblical Counseling access requests.
We know that individuals and churches often want to duplicate and distribute our resources and are unable to afford the prices through CCC. Our desire is to provide an alternative in-house permissions process as a courtesy to our customers who normally would not utilize a larger copyright center for their requests.
We receive a variety of questions about whether or not permission is required to use various CCEF resources. To better assist you, answers to some of these questions are listed below:
I found a free resource on your website. Can I use it for free too?
I found your resources for free on another website. Can I use them for free too?
Why do you charge fees for applying for permission and using resources?
What does all rights reserved mean?
I would like to use CCEF content in my own writing, blog, or presentation. Can I use it under fair use?
To request permission, you must first purchase and own a copy of the resource (or have access to it in the case of blogs, videos, or free content).
Second, fill out a permissions application and pay the application fee.
Third, a permissions specialist will review and respond to your application (additional fees may be assessed).
Fourth, after approval is granted by the permissions specialist and applicable fees are paid, the resource can be utilized as outlined in your approval.