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OBTAINING PERMISSION TO
REUSE SEATTLE TIMES MATERIAL

If you would like to copy material from The Seattle Times for your own use, here are guidelines to follow and useful information for obtaining the necessary permissions.

Basic Premise of Copyright Law

You cannot reproduce, retransmit, distribute, disseminate, sell, publish, broadcast or circulate the contents owned by The Seattle Times without prior consent.

The information below relates to articles. If you are interested in photos, please see Photographs.

Fewer Than 10 Copies for Personal Use

Making 1-10 copies of an article for personal use falls under the "fair use" clause and you do not need permission. Please follow these guidelines:

  • The article is to be used in its entirety with no changes
  • The reproductions must show the publication date
  • The reproductions must bear the copyright of The Seattle Times.
    Example: Copyright ©2007 The Seattle Times Company

More Than 10 Copies or Use Other Than Personal

Requests need to be made formally if you want to reproduce and distribute more than 10 copies of an article or to use material other than for strictly personal purposes. Requests must be received in writing by e-mail, fax or mail and must include the following information so that we can research each request promptly. We require this information to make a decision on whether or not to grant permission:

  • Full name, address, daytime phone number, fax number and affiliation of the requestor, if any
  • Date, headline and byline of the article
  • Details of the proposed reuse
  • Number of copies anticipated
  • 501(c)3 number if the company is non-profit (we generally do not charge a fee for non-profit or public-service use)
  • Address of Web site, if applicable (we need to view it for suitability)
  • There is a fee for business or professional reuse of our materials.
  • We cannot grant blanket permission for reuse of Seattle Times material under any circumstances.
  • Articles must be used in their entirety unless express permission is granted. Any requests to use excerpts will be examined closely.

Web Sites

We usually deny requests to post on other Web sites material that is available on our Web site. We do make some exceptions. If the request would provide a community service, promote a worthy cause or enhance the branding and image of The Seattle Times, we may grant the request on a case-by-case basis.

If we determine a Web site link is appropriate, we will generally allow the site to link to a Seattle Times Company site. Information on how to do this will be provided when permission is granted.

Using The Seattle Times in Film, Television or Other Productions

If you wish to use The Seattle Times newspaper or property, or in any way represent The Seattle Times in a film, television or other production, you must obtain permission and sign our agreement. Please send your request to Permissions and Resale by mail, fax or email. You must include a brief synopsis of the film or program and a description of specifically how the material will be used or portrayed. We do not grant permission to alter The Seattle Times or related property.




Permissions and Resale Contacts

Phone: 206/464-3113
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

Fax: 206/382-8860
E-mail: resale @seattletimes.com

Mailing Address:
The Seattle Times
Permissions and Resale Department
P.O. Box 1735
Seattle, WA 98111

Photo Resale
Phone: 206/515-5058
Fax: 206/464/3297
E-mail: photosales @seattletimes.com