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Please note that 90% of your questions are answered through careful review of the Fair-Use Guidelines shown below. We strongly encourage you to read them before contacting us.
Fair Use Guidelines The term ‘Fair-Use Guidelines’ refers to the policies Tyndale uses to determine whether or not you need written permission from Tyndale to produce or publish your work using our copyrighted material. To determine fair use, please carefully review the information below, and if your request falls within our Fair-Use Guidelines, written permission is not necessary, and you may proceed with your project, provided you use a proper copyright notice as indicated below. If you feel your request is not in compliance, or you have additional questions, please fill out this Permission Questionnaire.
Fair Use Guidelines: Books

1. For non-commercial (non-salable) use: Permission is granted to quote up to 500 words or 2 pages from any single title provided it does not comprise of 10% or more of your completed work.

2. For classroom use, small group studies, or other educational purposes with less than 50 participants: Permission is granted to copy excerpts of up to 5 pages provided portions are not sold to participants.

3. For commercial (salable) use: Permission is granted to quote up to 50 words for commercial purposes so long as it is not used for a stand-alone product such as cards, paintings, or other artistic creations nor comprises 5% or more of your completed work.

4. These Fair Use Guidelines only pertain to written text and do not include permissions for any use of photographs, illustrations, paintings, maps, graphs, or other artistic/illustrated works within our books. If you are requesting permission for any artistic/illustrated works, you must fill out the Permission Questionnaire.

If your request falls within these guidelines, you do not need written permission from Tyndale and there are no fees, but you must apply proper copyright notice as follows:

Taken from (Title) by (Author). Copyright © (Copyright Year) by (Copyright Holder). Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

If your request falls outside these guidelines you will need written permission from Tyndale. Fees may apply in some cases and are determined based on the amount of material used, the distribution of that material, and whether it is for commercial or non-commercial use. All fees are established to compensate our authors fairly for further use of their copyrighted material.

If you need written permission, or still have questions, please fill out the Permission Questionnaire. The more details you provide about your project, the quicker we can process your request.

fill out a permissions questionnaire

We ask that you avoid calling to inquire about your request, as this tends to delay the permissions process.

Fair Use Guidelines: Bibles

The goal of the New Living Translation (NLT) is to convey the meaning of the ancient Hebrew and Greek texts as accurately as possible to the modern reader. The New Living Translation is based on the most recent scholarship in the theory of translation. The challenge for the 90 translators who worked 7 years on this project was to create a text that would make the same impact in the life of modern readers that the original text had for the original readers. In the New Living Translation, this is accomplished by translating entire thoughts (rather than just words) into natural, everyday English.

1. The text of the HOLY BIBLE, NEW LIVING TRANSLATION (NLT), may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio) up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided that the verses quoted do not account for more than 25 percent of the work in which they are quoted, and provided that a complete book of the Bible is not quoted.

2. When the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, is quoted, one of the following credit lines must appear on the copyright page or title page of the work:


When multiple translations are being used in a project:
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

When the NLT is being used exclusively in a project:
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

When multiple translations are being used in a project but the majority will be taken from the NLT:
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

3. When quotations from the NLT text are used in non-salable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, newsletters, transparencies, or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (NLT) must appear at the end of each quotation.

4. Publication of any commentary or other Bible reference work produced for commercial sale that uses the NLT requires written permission for use of the NLT text.

5. Proposal for permission to use text from the NLT in music must be accompanied by complete lyrics.

6. Quotes from the NLT used with graphic designs including T-shirts, book covers, posters, bumper stickers, banners, greeting cards, billboards, or other artwork, must be clearly detailed in writing on a proposal form sent to us before permission may be granted.

7. All material quoted from the NLT must be done so accurately, including punctuation, capitalization, italics, etc. Tyndale must be made aware of any intended deviation in style in writing prior to publication.

8. Permission given by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for the use of text from the NLT applies to the specific use requested. Any other use requires a separate request for permission. If you have been granted permission for use of text from the NLT, you may not pass permission on to another person.

Permission to quote from the NLT in projects produced for sale may be accompanied by a fee. The amount of this fee is based on the percentage of the total text that is represented by quotes from the NLT as compared to the total amount of your text in the final product; the distribution of that material; and whether it is for commercial or non-commercial use. All fees are established to protect our copyright, but 50% of those proceeds go to our foundation to back projects and licensing translations of Bibles all around the world. The remainder goes toward costs incurred for our staff to monitor these requests, research the details, and respond according to the policies put into place by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

If you need written permission, or still have questions, please fill out the Permission Questionnaire. The more details you provide about your project, the quicker we can process your request.

fill out a permissions questionnaire

We ask that you avoid calling to inquire about your request, as this tends to delay the permissions process.


The Living Bible (TLB) was created by Kenneth N. Taylor, and was first published in 1971. like most English Bibles, The Living Bible is a paraphrase.


1. The Living Bible text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio) up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided that the verses quoted do not account for more than 25 percent of the total work in which they are quoted, and provided that a complete book of the Bible is not quoted.

2. When The Living Bible is quoted, one of the following credit lines must appear on the copyright page or title page of the work:

When multiple translations are being used in a project:
Scripture quotations marked (TLB) are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

When the TLB is being used exclusively in a project:
Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


When multiple translations are being used in a project but the majority will be taken from the TLB:
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. .

3. When quotations from the TLB text are used in nonsalable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, newsletters, transparencies, or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials TLB must appear at the end of each quotation.

4. Quotations in excess of five hundred (500) verses or 25 percent of the work, or other permission requests, must be approved in writing by Tyndale House Publisher, Inc.

5. Proposal for permission to use text from TLB in music must be accompanied by complete lyrics.

6. Quotes from TLB used with graphic designs, including T-shirts, book covers, posters, bumper stickers, banners, greeting cards, billboards, or other artwork, must be clearly detailed in writing on a proposal form sent to us before permission may be granted.

7. All material quoted from the TLB must be done so accurately, including punctuation, capitalization, italics, etc. Tyndale must be made aware of any intended deviation in style in writing prior to publication.

8. Permission given by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for the use of text from the TLB applies to the specific use requested. Any other use requires a separate request for permission. If you have been granted permission for use of text from the TLB, you may not pass permission on to another person.

Permission to quote from the TLB in projects produced for sale may be accompanied by a fee. The amount of this fee is based on the percentage of the total text that is represented by quotes from the TLB as compared to the total amount of your text in the final product; the distribution of that material; and whether it is for commercial or non-commercial use. All fees are established to protect our copyright, but 50% of those proceeds go to our foundation to back projects and licensing translations of Bibles all around the world. The remainder goes toward costs incurred for our staff to monitor these requests, research the details, and respond according to the polices put into place by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

If your request falls outside these guidelines, or if you still have questions, please click the following link to electronically fill out and submit this form offering more detail about your project.

fill out a permissions questionnaire

We ask that you avoid calling to inquire about your request, as this tends to delay the permissions process.


The Message is not a study Bible, but rather a reading Bible. It is a version of Scripture translated by Eugene H. Peterson and published by NavPress Publishing Group. The verse numbers, which are not in the original documents, have been left out of the print version to facilitate easy and enjoyable reading. The original books of the Bible were not written in formal language. The Message tries to recapture the Word in the language we use today.

1. The text of The Message, may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio) up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without written permission of the publisher, provided that the verses quoted do not account for more than 25 percent of the work in which they are quoted, and provided that a complete book of the Bible is not quoted.

2. When The Message is quoted, one of the following credit lines must appear on the copyright or title page of the work:

When multiple translations are being used in the same project, each verse quoted must be followed by (The Message) and the following reference credit must be included:
SScripture quotations from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

When The Message is being used exclusively:
All Scripture quotations in this publication are from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

When multiple translations are being used but the majority will be taken from THE MESSAGE:
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

3. Proposal for permission to use text from THE MESSAGE in music must be accompanied by complete lyrics.

4. Quotes from THE MESSAGE used with graphic designs, including T-shirts, book covers, posters, bumper stickers, banners, greeting cards, billboards, or other artwork, must be clearly detailed in writing on a proposal form sent to us before permission may be granted.

5. All material quoted from the THE MESSAGE must be done so accurately, including punctuation, capitalization, italics, etc. Tyndale must be made aware of any intended deviation in style in writing prior to publication.

6. Permission given by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for the use of text from the THE MESSAGE applies to the specific use requested. Any other use requires a separate request for permission. If you have been granted permission for use of text from the THE MESSAGE, you may not pass permission on to another person.

Permission to quote from THE MESSAGE in projects produced for sale may be accompanied by a fee. The amount of this fee is based on the percentage of the total text that is represented by quotes from THE MESSAGE as compared to the total amount of your text in the final product, the distribution of that material, and whether it is for commercial or non-commercial use. All fees are established to compensate our authors fairly for further use of their copyrighted material

If your request falls outside these guidelines, or if you still have questions, please click the following link to electronically fill out and submit this form offering more detail about your project:

fill out a permissions questionnaire

We ask that you avoid calling to inquire about your request, as this tends to delay the permissions process.