Permissions and Fair-Use Guidelines

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 NavPress uses to determine whether or not you need written permission from NavPress 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

View Books Permissions Information
  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 10% or more of your completed work.
  2. For classroom use, small group studies, or other educational purposes with fewer 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 this Permission Questionnaire.

If your request falls within these guidelines and is a TYNDALE TITLE, you do not need written permission from NavPress and there are no fees, but you must apply proper copyright notice as follows:Some content taken from (Title) by (Author). Copyright © (Copyright Year). Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

If your request falls within these guidelines and is a NAVPRESS TITLE, you do not need written permission from NavPress and there are no fees, but you must apply proper copyright notice as follows:Some content taken from (Title) by (Author). Copyright © (Copyright Year). Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

If your request falls within these guidelines and is a FOCUS ON THE FAMILY TITLE, you do not need written permission from NavPress and there are no fees, but you must apply proper copyright notice as follows:Some content taken from (Title) by (Author). Copyright © (Copyright Year). Used by permission of Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

If your request falls outside these guidelines you will need written permission from NavPress. Due to the alliance with Tyndale, NavPress permissions will be granted from Tyndale on behalf of NavPress. 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 protect our copyrighted material.

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

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

Fair-Use Guidelines: Bibles

The Message Permissions Information

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 The Message is being used exclusively:
    All Scripture quotations are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
    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:
    Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
    When multiple translations are being used but the majority will be taken from THE MESSAGE:
    Scripture quotations marked MSG are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by 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 our permissions questionnaire 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 protect our 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.

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