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In most cases, providing a link to the appropriate page in PetroWiki is an excellent alternative to obtaining permission for reuse. There are times, however, when permission may be needed. The following guidance should help you obtain the necessary permission.

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Reuse of materials from pages beginning with PEH:

Because these pages are verbatim from the print version of the Petroleum Engineering Handbook, the permissions applicable to the printed volume apply. You may obtain permission for reuse of this content at Use the ISBN for the volume to get to the appropriate permissions page.

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If the table or figure is identified as being from a specific SPE paper, the easiest way to obtain permission for reuse is to go to OnePetro and search for that paper number. Once you find the paper, click the Rights and Permissions link. That will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink system where you can request the permissions needed.

If the table or figure is identified as being from a specific SPE book, you may obtain permission for reuse of this content at Use the ISBN or the title to get to the appropriate permissions page.

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