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Rights Holder Creative Commons Declaration Form

If you are a copyright holder or a representative of a copyright holder of a work in HathiTrust and would like to authorize the work to be opened for full view, the following form enables you to select a Creative Commons license and authorize HathiTrust to release the work.  

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Download the Creative Commons declaration form.

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  1. In the citation area, please enter the Title and Identifier of the Work(s). An additional page or a spreadsheet may be attached for multiple titles opened using the same Creative Commons license option.
  2. Please also include the URL or volume ID for each volume to be opened or the catalog record. The volume ID is present in the URL of the volume in HathiTrust. For instance, in this volume URL, the ID is the bolded portion: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015000995467. The catalog record is in the format https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000000005. We can assist in finding the volume ID for single or multiple titles (please email feedback@issues.hathitrust.org).
  3. Select one Creative Commons license.  See the second page of the form if you need more information about which license to choose. 
  4. Enter your name, address, email address, and telephone number.
  5. Sign and date the form. If the digital signature doesn't work for you, print the form and sign it manually.
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    4. If you absolutely need to do a digital signature and can't make the form work, send the unsigned but otherwise complete form to us and ask us to send it to you through SignNow.

Email the completed form to feedback@issues.hathitrust.org. If you complete a printed copy manually and do not have access to a scanner we will also accept an emailed photograph of the form.

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