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Copyright and Permissions

How to apply for Copyright Permission:

Do you need to include work by a Carcanet author or from a Carcanet title in an anthology, essay, book, digital resource, musical setting, broadcast, film or other context?

Carcanet Press Ltd controls and asserts intellectual property rights on behalf of most of the poets it publishes in accordance with the International Copyright Law (Berne Convention 1886; UCC, 1952; Geneva, 1996). This establishes in international law the right of the author to be recognised as the creator of the work, prevents unauthorised changes to the work, and affirms the author’s right to receive full acknowledgement and fair reward for use of that work in any context by others.

We have a standard minimum fee for the use of a poem or extract which was set by the Society of Authors in 2018. The minimum fee for use of an extract is £72. We will however take into account the nature of the publication and we may decide to vary the fee.

A specimen calculation: for a 10 line poem the charge for world anthology quotation rights is £152, for UK/Commonwealth £76. The fees rise line by line and with additional forms of use (digital, audio, etc). We are happy to negotiate fees in relation to print runs, critical quotation (often covered by ‘fair usage’), specific territories, charitable purposes, community use etc.

Permissions Requests:

Please make your requests in a timely fashion. Due to Covid-19 and the impact this has had on our company, we appreciate your patience in our longer response times. If you have not had a response within 4 weeks of your request, please resend with URGENT in the subject.

In order to process your permission request, we will need the following information:

Contact details (address and email)

Your publication
What is the title of your projected publication?
What is the nature of your projected publication (anthology, essay, performance, adaptation, broadcast, etc)?
Who will publish it and in what medium/media?
What is the recommended retail price, ticket price etc?
What territories do you require? (World, UK/Commonwealth, etc)?
How many copies will be produced?
What is the projected date of publication?
What other rights are requested (for different formats, electronic, e-book etc)?
If web publication is requested, what is the URL?
Any relevant additional information

What do you want to quote?
Copyright Information
Author/Translator/Editor of the work you want to use
Poem or work title
Number of lines to be used (please also include total number of lines for poem/extract, e.g 19 out of 25)
Title of volume from which the work is taken and page number

Please send your request to Rights Manager by email to or by post to:

Rights Manager
Carcanet Press Limited
4th floor Alliance House
30 Cross Street
Manchester M2 7AQ
United Kingdom

Please note: If Carcanet Press Ltd does not control the rights you are seeking we will refer you on to the legal copyright holder.

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