Rights and Permissions

At Eerdmans Publishing Company, we seek to uphold a high standard of compliance with U.S. Copyright Law and expect that those using Eerdmans material in their own articles, essays, anthologies, research, etc. will do the same. The following discussion of fair use and copyright is by no means comprehensive. If you seek further information on these subjects, please visit the United States Copyright website: www.copyright.gov.

Fair Use Guidelines
What is fair use? Fair Use rules are U.S. and internationally recognized legal doctrine designed to authorize the reproduction of limited amounts of copyrighted works without the express permission of the copyright holder. The small amount of text must always be attributed to the source; use is never fair if the source is not noted.

Does Eerdmans Publishing Company have a Fair Use policy for quotations? Yes. Please note that though we include quantitative guidelines, context is more significant than word count. Please read the following guidelines carefully. They are similar to those of other publishing houses and are as follows.

  1. Types of use considered fair: quotations of Eerdmans material within your text (print, electronic media,sermon, etc.) for the purpose of criticism, commentary, definition, comparison, or illustration of your argument.
  2. Guidelines: Use must comply with all of the following guidelines.
    • No more than 5,000 words, in total, from one Eerdmans volume may be reproduced without permission.
    • No more than 5% of the source work may be reproduced. No complete poems, children's books, or songs may be reproduced without permission.
    • No more than 300 consecutive words may be reproduced without permission.
    • Eerdmans material may not make up more than 5% of the new work.
    • Ellipses (...) may not be used in ways that alter the ideas of the original work.
    • Eerdmans material must be properly cited in a manner that conforms to a scholarly style.
  3. Works not covered by Fair Use:
    • Reproduction of Eerdmans material in an anthology, devotional volume, course reader,website,electronic database, or musical work or adaptation is not permitted without permission.
    • Reproduction of Eerdmans material in a "text box," or epigraph, where the text stands alone rather than being incorporated into the discussion by the author is not permitted without permission.
    • Reproduction in which there is no suitable bibliographic citation is not permitted.
    • Reproduction of charts, maps, illustrations, photographs, or cover images is not permitted without permission.

Must churches ask permission in situations where use is not considered fair?
In addition to the material considered fair (above), churches may reproduce stand-alone quotations in bulletins or on documents to be shown on a screen (such as PowerPoint or overhead projectors) without asking permission provided that the source is fully documented. All other uses require permission.

In any case of doubt, please ask permission by telephone at 616-459-4591 or by fax at 616-742-6111. Or, send an e-mail to Rights and Permissions. You may also send mail to:

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Rights and Permissions Department
4035 Park East Court SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546