CCEF resources are generally intended for personal use only (unless otherwise licensed) and are protected under U.S. Copyright law. As such, any individual wishing to broadcast, distribute, or duplicate the resource must submit a permission 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, minibook, etc.), whether or not the resource has already been translated (for translation requests), and whether or not the request falls within the fair use policy under U.S. Copyright Law.
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 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.
The process involves the following steps: