Medscape from WebMD Permissions

WebMD's general policy for third-party use of content published on Medscape from WebMD is as follows:


Please email permission requests to and include the following information in the body of the email:

A. Content Description - Detailed description of the Medscape from WebMD material that you wish to reproduce (collectively, the "Medscape Material"), e.g., article name or specific excerpts, author or sponsor, and the URL.

B. Intended Use - Detailed description of both where and how you wish to use the Medscape Material, including:


We are currently developing an electronic form to help facilitate requests. Once active, the link will be posted here.


How long will it take to process my request?

We do our best to respond to permission requests within 10 days. In some cases it may take longer.

We do our best to accommodate RUSH requests as we receive them. Any expedited requests, however, should include the word "RUSH" in the subject line and a desired delivery date in the email, so that such requests may be managed accordingly.

Following the permission request instructions described above will allow us to better expedite your request. If a request is incomplete, we cannot guarantee that it will be processed in a timely manner. We may find it necessary to return incomplete requests and ask for additional information.


There are some exceptions to WebMD's general permissions policy, whereby we permit limited third party use of materials published on Medscape from WebMD. Note that this is not a complete list of exceptions and WebMD reserves the right to evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis, and will provide an explanation for any denial of a permission request.

  1. Third Party Content: Some materials appearing on Medscape from WebMD may be subject to third party copyright ownership. Examples include articles from medical journals, news articles (e.g., Reuters), and anatomical line drawings: In these cases, WebMD is not the copyright owner but has been granted permission by the applicable copyright owners to use their materials on Medscape from WebMD. If you wish to use such third party content, you must obtain use rights from the third party owner. If you are unsure as to the owner of the copyright for a particular piece of content, please ask and we will do our best to direct you to the appropriate party.
  2. Electronic Republishing or Reprinting: We do not allow our articles or materials to be reproduced in full on any website. You may include a link to the article on your site, but may not reproduce the material in its entirety. This restriction also applies to reproductions on bulletin boards, in emails, electronic newsletters, or any other mediums. The only exception applies to educational institutions and their online syllabi, or password-protected websites related to a specific instructor or course, or for internal training purposes.
  3. Fair Use: Our fair use policy allows a small amount of material (up to 20 copies) to be used for educational or internal distribution, provided that you include the following disclaimer on such materials: "Not for distribution. For educational purposes only." If you are in question as to whether your request constitutes fair use, email, and we will be happy to respond.
  4. Legal and Regulatory Uses: WebMD's legal department must review and approve in writing all such requests.

Linking Policy

For any article appearing on Medscape from WebMD, you may post the title, the author, and a brief summary of the article (or teaser), along with the URL linking to Medscape from WebMD on your site. Also, include a note after the link to the article notifying your readers that to view the entire article (and all other content on Medscape from WebMD), a one-time registration is needed, which is free of charge.

Obtaining original graphics, clean copies, bulk reprints, flash and video

In the case of archived material, we may not have the original or high-resolution graphic copies to make available for use. We cannot be responsible for obtaining these on your behalf; however, if we think the author may be able to assist, we can ask the author's permission to be contacted by you to obtain the material. We take our contributors' privacy seriously; we will not give out personal information without consent.

We occasionally receive requests for bulk reprints. If it is on behalf of a commercial entity, it will be routed to our sales department and a fee will be charged.

For educational institutions, we will provide one clean copy to make further copies. Please state the request for a clean copy in the body of your email request.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to replicate flash and video at this time. If you have means of capturing these items yourself, please include this information in your request.


Any required fees will be indicated in our response to your permission request, and before granting permission will ask you to accept the price quote before issuing the grant letter and invoice.

Thank you for your attention. Please email all Permissions queries to