Permissions


Permission is necessary if you are writing a book or developing a product that uses material or excerpts from a Zondervan publication. Please use the HarperCollins Christian Permission Request Form.

 

How do I get permission to quote from the NIV, NIrV, and Amplified Bible translations?

How do I get permission for the use of maps, charts or Bible supplementary material?

How do I get permission to use one of your Bible translations in its entirety?

How do I get permission to use one of your Bible translations in a smartphone application or other related digital product?

How do I get permission to quote from one of your books?

What is your Gratis Use policy?

How do I get permission to use images?

How do I get permission to use one of your books in an academic course?

How do I get permission to translate one of your books into another language?

What is your policy for church use?

Photocopies for churches

How do I get permission to use Reverend Fun materials?

Permissions for Disabled and Visually Impaired

 

How do I get permission to quote from the NIV, NIrV, and Amplified Bible translations?

Bible Quotation Policy

The below applies to use of content from the NIV, NIrV, and Amplified Bible translations.

Summary of Gratis Use Guidelines
  • If your use of Scripture does not fall within all the Gratis Use Guidelines listed below, written permission is required, and you will need to submit a formal request.
  • No more than 500 verses quoted in total.
  • Scripture does not make up more than 25% of the total text.
  • Scripture does not account for an entire book of the Bible.
  • Scripture is not quoted in a commentary or any other Biblical Reference work.
  • All Scripture must be properly cited (see below).
  • Your product is not listed below in the “Not Covered by Gratis Use” section.

Text from the NIV, NiRV or AMP Bible may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio), up to and inclusive of 500 verses or less without written permission, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible, nor do verses quoted account for 25% or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted, and the verses are not being quoted in a commentary or other biblical reference work. If an entire book of the Bible is being reproduced, regardless of verse count, written permission is required. This permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment.

For use of the NIV:

Zondervan is granting permission for the latest edition of the NIV text only (currently 2011.) We are not granting permission for use of the earlier editions or version of the NIV text. For more information, please visit https://www.thenivbible.com/about-the-niv/about-the-2011-edition/.

Works not Covered by Gratis Use
  • Scripture on a product in which the verse stands alone such as artwork, notecards, crafts, novelty products, jewelry.
  • Use of charts, maps, illustrations, footnotes, study notes, reference material, and the like.
  • Use of scripture in lyrics and musical compositions
Copyright Notices:

NIV

Copyright Notices for Bibles Works using NIV quotations must include one of the following copyright notices (whichever one is most appropriate):

  1. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
  2. Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.comThe “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
  3. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.comThe “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

NIrV

Works using NIrV quotations must include one of the following copyright notices (whichever one is most appropriate):

  1. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version®, NIrV® Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com The “NIrV” and “New International Reader’s Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
  2. Scripture quotations marked (NIrV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version®, NIrV® Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.comThe “NIrV” and “New International Reader’s Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
  3. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version®, NIrV® Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.comThe “NIrV” and “New International Reader’s Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

Amplified Bible 2015

Works using Amplified Bible 2015 quotations must include one of the following copyright notices (whichever one is most appropriate):

  1. Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible, Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
  2. Scripture quotations marked (AMP) are taken from the Amplified Bible, Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
  3. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Amplified Bible, Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

Works using Amplified Bible, Classic Edition quotations must include one of the following copyright notices (whichever one is most appropriate):

  1. Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible (AMPCE), Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
  2. Scripture quotations marked (AMPCE) are taken from the Amplified Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
  3. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Amplified Bible (AMPCE), Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
NIV/NiRV Permission Requests – Outside of U.S. and Canada

If your request is for use outside the territory of the U.S. and Canada (North America) or is for use of the NIV in a non-commercial format your permission request must be directed to:

Biblica, Inc.©
1820 Jet Stream Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3969
www.biblica.com
[email protected]

Permission Requests – United Kingdom, EEC and EFTA Resident

Rights and permission to quote from the NIV and NIrV text in printed or electronic media intended for commercial use within the U.K., EU, EFTA countries that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to and approved in writing by:

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.
338 Euston Road London, NW1 3BH
United Kingdom

https://www.hodder.co.uk/Information/Contact%20Us.page

[email protected]

 

How do I get permission for the use of maps, charts or Bible supplementary material?

The use of maps from the NIV and NIrV Bibles require formal written permission Please complete the Permission Request Form found on this page.

 

How do I get permission to use one of your Bible translations in its entirety?

Use of one of our Bible translations in its entirety requires a license and is subject to a fee. When you contact us, please include the following information:

  • Anticipated publication date
  • Anticipated formats and price points for each format
  • Anticipated first printing and first year sales figures for each format
  • Primary audience
  • Primary sales channels (Christian retail, general retail, direct to consumer, etc.)
  • Authors for the content you will include in the Bible and/or description of additional content you plan to add to the Bible text
  • Other Bibles you have published
  • Other Bible translations you have published and/or other licenses you have for other translations
  • The printer and typesetter you plan to use
  • Details about your editorial process and the experience of your editorial team producing Bibles

 

How do I get permission to use one of your Bible translations in a smartphone application or other related digital product?

Please answer the following questions in order to use one of our Bible translations in smartphone application or other related digital product.

  • Has your organization developed apps before? If so, please provide details.
  • Will you be distributing the entire Bible in your app?
  • What kind of other content will you be pairing with the Bible text in this app?
  • What is the retail price of the app?
  • What are your estimated first year sales?
  • What is your business model? How will you pay publishers for their content?
  • What are your future plans for this app or other related apps?
  • Can you provide screenshots, mock-ups, or promo codes (if other versions of the app are already in the market)?

 

How do I get permission to quote from one of your books?

If you are writing a book or developing a product and would like to request permission to use an excerpt from a Zondervan publication, please fill out our online permissions request form found on this page. Please provide all of the following information:

  • Completed permission request form
  • A copy of a Zondervan book page with excerpt underlined
  • A copy of the copyright page from the Zondervan book
  • A few lines of your material preceding and following the quotes from our book

Fees are determined based on the amount of material used, size of your first printing, retail price of your book, and distribution of the material. Fees compensate the authors for the use of their published works.

Photocopy Requests

If you are requesting to photocopy material for a church, school, etc., please fill out our online request form found on this page. Please provide the following information:

  • Completed permission request form
  • Purpose of your request
  • A copy of the book page with excerpt underlined
  • Number of copies requested

 

What is your Gratis Use policy?

Unfortunately, Zondervan does not have a general “Gratis Use” policy. Our commitments to individual authors and contractual obligations prevent us from having a policy that we can apply to all permission inquiries. Instead, permissions are handled on a case-by-case basis. Please review our permissions policies). For additional questions, please contact the permissions department.

Note that requests to use more than 250 words from a single source will require additional approvals.

 

How do I get permission to use images?

Requesting to reproduce images or illustrations requires formal permission (fees may apply). Please complete the HarperCollins Christian Publishing Request Form and submit.

 

How do I get permission to use one of your books in an academic course?

For use of our books in academic courses, please contact Copyright Clearance Center, www.copyright.com.

 

How do I get permission to translate one of your books into another language?

Please contact our licensing department in order to find our more information about translating one of our books into another language.

 

What is your policy for church use?

Churches requesting to use a small selection of material for church bulletins, sermons or classroom use that falls within our Gratis Use Guidelines, formal written permission is not necessary.

Churches may use stand-alone quotations/scripture in sermons, bulletins, newsletters, or to be shown on a screen (PowerPoint or overhead projector) without asking permission provided the source is accurately cited (see Copyright Notice section).

Photocopies for churches

Churches may photocopy either one chapter or less than 10% of the total work and up to twenty copies for church use only without asking permission. If more copies are needed, formal written permission is required (fees may apply).

Churches must include copyright notice on each photocopy. If the book is in print and available for purchase this citation must include a link to the Zondervan website www.zondervan.com

 

How do I get permission to use Reverend Fun materials?

Written permission is necessary if you are writing a book or developing merchandise or creating presentations that uses material or cartoons from Reverend Fun.

Churches/Sunday Schools using less than 50 items, not for resale and for church use only, do not need formal permission. The following credit line is required on or near the cartoons:
Copyright © 2015 HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Please go to www.reverendfun.com/artchives

 

Permissions for Disabled and Visually Impaired

  • All requests must be submitted from Institutions, Universities or Colleges (not individuals).
  • If you have not already confirmed your eligibility for the Disability Request, confirm visually impaired eligibility at the Library of Congress’ website of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
  • Please complete the Disability Request for Electronic Text Form (Download the Request for Electronic Text Form)and email to [email protected].
  • Please allow up to 2 weeks to prepare text.

 

Questions about the policy or the specific use

For all additional questions regarding permissions, please contact the permissions department via email at [email protected] or mail at the following address:

HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Attn: Permissions Department
P.O. Box 141000
Nashville, TN 37214