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Rights, Permissions, and Licensing

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Permission Policies and Procedures

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) recognizes and respects intellectual property rights and adheres to copyright law. 

The following information will help guide you to an understanding of how ATD exercises the rights of its published content.

The standard compliance under US copyright law is that any content published by ATD may not be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods without the prior written permission of ATD. The exception is in the case of brief quotations (no longer than 250 words) embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

For more information about protecting intellectual property and training, ATD provides members a free chapter resource from The ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals, 2008. 

Members, download your free Chapter here: “Intellectual Property: Protect What is Yours and Avoid Taking What Belongs to Someone Else,” by Linda Swindling Byars and Mark V.B. Partridge.

Please be advised that downloading this chapter without charge is a member benefit and for your personal use only as a valued ATD member. The chapter may not be distributed without permission. For more information about copyright usage and infringement, you may also refer to ATD’s publication, Staying Legal: A Guide to Copyright and Trademark Use by Francine Ward, 2007 or visit (the US Copyright Office).

Requesting Permission to Use Individual ATD Publications

Request to Photocopy  from any article, Report, TD at Work (formerly Infoline), or pages of a book—contact Copyright Clearance Center to obtain permission.  For TD Magazine, you will need: the exact title of the article, month and year of publication, plus ISSN (1535-7440) of the publication; for books, TD at Work, and Research Reports: the exact title, author, and ISBN.

Request Permission to Reprint in another publication—contact Copyright Clearance Center to obtain permission, you will need the exact title and author of the publication as well as the ISSN or ISBN of the publication as well as the title, publisher, circulation/distribution, and price of the new publication in which the reprint will appear. Permission is required for paid and free distribution requests.

Request for Electronic Access or Web-based re-use: (posting on secured, pass-word protected intranet sites, e-reserve, newsletters or other e-publication)—contact Copyright Clearance Center. To obtain permission, you will need the exact title and author of the publication as well as the ISSN or ISBN of the publication.

Request for Use of ATD content in academic course-paks—contact University Readers.

Request for Students with Disabilities—contact

Request to Translate—contact More information about translations below.

Request to License ATD content (more than 5 pieces), ATD training materials, or customized digital content packages—contact More information about licensing below.

Request Bulk Reprints of individual TD Magazine articles—contact

ATD Licensing

ATD books and other publications are available for institutional licensing in digital/e-format. For this type of licensing, ATD offers a two-tier pricing structure. Licensing terms can be arranged for one-year, three-year, or perpetual terms.

Tier 1 is a basic "posting" license, which allows the licensee to post the material as a reference resource. This is similar to how a library houses digital content.

Tier 2 allows the licensee to post the material (as in Tier 1), as well as use the content as part of its training curriculum with delivery either in print or e-learning to staff or clients/students of the institution. There is no access ceiling for the term of the agreement.

The limitation of either a Tier 1 or Tier 2 license is that the content must be posted behind a firewall or through an access only portal and that the material cannot be "resold," which means a licensee cannot take the material and resell it as part of a program that will be hosted separately from the licensee's permitted access/distribution point.


An example of this would be if a college had purchased a Tier 2 license for a 10-volume custom ATD Book Package and was to sell its courses and allow the e-learning course to be hosted on the college's client's intranet or website—this is not allowed. An allowable use is if the college sells "seats" to the course through its own e-learning distribution channel, as long as the course is hosted by the college IT/Web access point.

The following products are available for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Licensing. For more information and specific pricing, please contact

  • The ATD Trainer's WorkShop Series (minimum quantity for license—5 titles)
  • The ATD Training Basics Series (minimum quantity for license—5 titles)
  • ATD Books Custom Package (minimum quantity for license—5 titles)
  • The Infoline Archive (all published issues 2000 through 2010—120 issues)
  • TD at Work (formerly Infoline) Single Issue Custom Package (minimum quantity for license—5 titles)
  • ATD Books/Infoline Custom Package (minimum quantity for license—5 books and 5 Infolines)
  • The ATD Learning System (Tier 1 Licensing only)

Other customized packages can be created by ATD on your behalf; pricing is based on availability of content and licensee requirements. Content package development fees may apply. Please contact

ATD Translations

ATD publications (Books, Magazines, Journals, Research Reports, Infoline, etc) are available to non-U.S. publishers for translation, including the right to publish, sell, and distribute foreign-language editions of ATD publications. For more information about translation opportunities, please contact

See a full list of currently translated titles by language.

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