A licence is simply something that authorises, or gives permission.
In copyright terms, a licence refers to the type of authorisation or permission that you are relying on to make a legal copy of the material.
There are a number of different licences (or ways that you can be authorised) to make a copy of material in which the copyright belongs to someone else.
Use the flow chart below to work out which licence you will need to use. See More Information about Licences to learn more about each one.
You can also see our Copyright Ownership Flowchart as a PDF document.