Permissions

Permission is necessary if you are writing a book or developing a product that uses material or excerpts from a Thomas Nelson or Zondervan publication. Please download the HarperCollins Christian Permission Request Form and email it to HCCPpermissions@HarperCollins.com. or mail it to the following address:

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

We strive to answer all requests on a first come, first serve basis and we are currently processing requests at an average turnaround time of six to eight weeks. Thank you for your patience in this process. This turnaround time can be expedited for a fee of $150.00 and we will complete this within 2 business days (Please type RUSH in the Subject line of your email).

  • Incomplete permission requests cannot be considered. Please provide all information or request will not be processed.
  • Please do not call regarding your permission request, as that delays the process.
  • Please do not send duplicate requests.
  • We cannot accept requests by telephone or fax.
  • How do I get permission to quote from the NKJV, NCV, ICB, The Voice, or The Expanded Bible translation?
    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 and other 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 for books?
    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?
    How do I get permission to use Reverend Fun materials?
    Permissions for Disabled and Visually Impaired
    Questions about the policy or specific use

    How do I get permission to quote from the NKJV, NCV, ICB, The Voice, or The Expanded Bible translation?

    Bible Quotation Policy:

    The below applies to all Thomas Nelson Bible translations: New King James Version (NKJV), New Century Version (NCV), International Children’s Bible (ICB), Expanded Bible, or The Voice.

    If your use of Scripture does not fall within the Gratis Use Guidelines listed below, written permission is required and you will need to submit a formal request. If you need written permission, please download the HarperCollins Christian Permission Request Form and email it to HCCPpermissions@harpercollins.com.

    Gratis Use Guidelines:

    (If your use is in compliance with all of the guidelines listed below, you do not require written permission; if your use does not fall within ALL guidelines listed below, you will need to submit a request for written permission)

  • 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.
  • Scripture from any of the Thomas Nelson translations may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio) up to five hundred (500) verses or less without written permission, as long as the Scripture does not make up more than 25% of the total text in the work and the Scripture is not being quoted in commentary or another Biblical reference work. If an entire book of the Bible is being reproduced, regardless of verse count, written permission is required.

    Not covered by Gratis Use:
  • Scripture on a product in which the verse stands alone such as artwork, notecards, crafts, novelty products, jewelry. (Fees may apply. Download the Word document at the bottom of this FAQ.)
  • Use of charts, maps, illustrations, footnotes, study notes, reference material, and the like. (Fees may apply. Download the Word document at the bottom of this FAQ.)
  • Gratis Use guidelines do not apply to smart phone applications, media platforms, websites, or related digital products. (For this kind of use, download the Word document at the bottom of this FAQ.)
  • For all requested musical uses, please complete the permission form (download the PDF document at the bottom of this FAQ).
  • If you are interested in using an entire book of the Bible or an entire Bible translation, please contact the
  • licensing department.

    Copyright Notices:
    NKJV

    Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    NCV

    Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    ICB

    Scripture taken from the International Children’s Bible®. Copyright © 1986, 1988, 1999 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    The Voice

    Scripture taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    The Expanded Bible

    Scripture taken from The Expanded Bible. Copyright ©2011 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    Word of Promise™

    Thomas Nelson has very rigid restrictions placed on the use of the Word of Promise™ Audio Bible. Unfortunately, we do not have the rights to allow any third party use of this product. We are unable to grant any permission requests, including but not limited to broadcast use or website streaming uses.

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

    These Gratis Use Guidelines cover use of text from NIV, NIrV, and Amplified Bible translations. If you are creating a product that uses Bible Scripture/Verses then you must obtain written permission by downloading the HarperCollins Christian Permission Request Form and emailing it to HCCPPermissions@HarperCollins.com.

    Summary of Gratis Use Guidelines

    If your use is in compliance with all of the guidelines listed below, you do not require written permission; if your use does not fall within ALL guidelines listed below, you will need to submit a request for written permission)

  • Up to 500 verses in total may be reproduced without permission.
  • Total verses may not make up more than 25% of the work in which they are quoted.
  • The verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible.
  • The verses are not being quoted in a commentary or other biblical reference work.
  • All Scripture/quotes/excerpts must be properly cited. See citation guidelines below.
  • Your product is not listed below in the “Not Covered by GratisUse” section.
  • Text from the NIV 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. 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), available for personal use at www.zondervan.com, www.biblica.com, www.biblegateway.com and www.youversion.com. We are not granting permission for use of the earlier editions or version of the NIV text. For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.biblica.com/en-us/the-niv-bible/previous-editions/

    Works not Covered by Gratis Use

    • Reproduction of Scripture where the text stands alone such as: artwork, jewelry, gift product, etc.
    • Text that does not include appropriate copyright notice (see Copyright Notice section).
    • Use of charts, maps, illustrations, photographs, or cover images.
    • Phone Applications or other Digital Media Platform

    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.com The “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.com The “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.com The “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.com The “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 © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

    2. Scripture quotations marked (AMP) 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, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 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, 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, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

    Permission Requests – Outside of U.S. and Canada (NIV, NIrV)

    If your request is for use outside the territory of the U.S. and Canada (North America), your permission request must be directed to:

    Biblica, Inc.©
    1820 Jet Stream Drive
    Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3969
    www.biblica.com
    RightsPermissions@Biblica.com

    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., EEC, 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
    www.hodder.co.uk

    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 and email the HarperCollins Christian Permission Request Form). Please complete the Permission Request Form and email to HCCPPermissions@HarperCollins.com. Download the Permission Request Form

    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 Thomas Nelson or Zondervan publication, please provide all of the following information:

  • Completed permission request form
  • A copy of Thomas Nelson or Zondervan book page with excerpt underlined
  • A copy of the copyright page from the Thomas Nelson or 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 provide the following information:

  • Completed permission request form (HarperCollins Christian 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, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan do 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 (found on this website). 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 Permission Request Form and submit it via email or mail.

    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 Thomas Nelson www.thomasnelson.com or 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/archives.

    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 HCCPpermissions@HarperCollins.com.
  • 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 HCCPpermissions@HarperCollins.com or mail at the following address:

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