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Copyright clearance (or clearance) is Distributed Proofreaders's verification that a document meets the public domain and copyright criteria established by the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.


A cleared document is a document that Distributed Proofreaders has verified meets the public domain and copyright criteria established by the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.


WHY Copyright Clearance is needed

Distributed Proofreaders will not process a document that does not meet the public domain and copyright criteria established by the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.

Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Copyright Clearance

This article from Project Gutenberg's (PGLAF's) website discusses PGLAF's philosophy and gives instructions about their copyright clearance process.

For most documents, the PGLAF's goal is to establish that all of a document's United States copyrights have expired, making the document part of the United States public domain.

HOW TO request a Copyright Clearance

Copyright clearance requests may be submitted through Project Gutenberg's website.