Melissa Flamson, Owner


Melissa began working in permissions in 1997, creating custom publishing packets for college courses. She launched her freelance career in permissions in 2000, and was a partner at FreelancePermissions.com for 11 years. She has successfully completed a wide range of hundreds of projects, specializing in text permissions, literature, and higher education, as well as challenging genres like foreign language permissions.

Whether you need permission for text, images, music, or video, Melissa and her team at With Permission have the experience you need working for you!


Melissa Flamson
3518 Mulholland Way
Sacramento, CA 95821

Phone: (916) 621-3027
Fax: (801) 262-2618


To provide outstanding permission securing and research services to publishers in all media.

University of Missouri-Columbia

May 1999

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, with an emphasis in Poetry
  • Graduated Summa cum Laude
Owner, With Permission

August 2013 – present

Partner, FreelancePermissions.com

January 2000 – July 2013

  • Manage a global team of permissions specialists
  • Research contact information of copyright holders
  • Obtain permission to reprint copyrighted text and images
  • Research images and literature
  • Negotiate fees and contract terms with copyright holders
  • Provide status updates and detailed records for clients’ files
  • Create and maintain project databases for clients
  • Compose credits manuscripts
Custom Publishing Supervisor/Coordinator, University Bookstore, University of Missouri – Columbia

July 1997 – July 1999

  • Supervised office staff and trained new employees
  • Researched contact information of copyright holders
  • Obtained permission to reprint copyrighted text and images
  • Negotiated fees with copyright holders
  • Worked closely with professors throughout process
  • Created and managed project database

Intern, The Missouri Review, University of Missouri – Columbia

August 1998 – July 1999

  • Reviewed submissions and corresponded with writers
  • Proofread journal manuscripts
  • Researched cover art
  • Ordered review copies of new literature
Specialized Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge of copyright law and contracts
  • Excellent research and internet skills
  • Software/programs utilized include Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Dropbox, Basecamp, various client databases
References available upon request.

Permissions Team

With Permission contracts with talented permissions representatives and native speaking researchers from around the world to help locate and effectively communicate with rights holders. Quick and thorough research is essential in expediting the permissions process, and With Permission is proud to have such excellent resources available. We have recently been working with researchers in the US, Spain, France, Israel, and the Ukraine, and are pleased to introduce our current team:

Margaret A. Gaston
Detroit, MI, USA
Permissions manager with 31+ years experience
Specializing in text permissions, literature, and library reference
Poyee Oster
Providence, RI, USA
Photo researcher with 20+ years experience
Specializing in image, text and video permissions, ESL and Spanish, French, and Chinese language projects, and higher education
Deborah Nicholls
Brockton, MA, USA
Photo/Media Researcher with 30+ years experience
Specializing in photo research and video permissions, K-12 and Higher Education programs 


Viviana Connon
Viviana Connon
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specializing in Spanish language research and permissions
Mike Coons
Columbia, MO, USA
Specializing in permissions research and higher education
Patricia Perasso
Emeryville, CA, USA
Specializing in text permissions research and data management


Anastasia Konnova
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Specializing in Russian and Ukranian language research and permissions
Geoffrey Black
Specializing in Hebrew language research and permissions


Philip Nelson

Professor of Physics at University of Pennsylvania

I came to Ms. Flamson needing many dozens of intricate copyright permissions for scientific graphics and text quotes. Her professionalism, dedication, experience, and contacts made this the best such experience I’ve had (and I’ve had several others). Scientific copyright permission research requires highly specialized skills; I can recommend Ms. Flamson and her firm without reservation.

Linda Wright

Manager, Rights & Permissions, Aptara

I highly recommend Melissa for obtaining copyright permissions, her attention to detail and her ability to obtain foreign language permissions.

Joyce Rappaport

Executive Editor, The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization

Melissa Flamson’s work and her professionalism are unparalleled. I am the executive editor of the ten-volume anthology series, The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, published by Yale University Press. Thousands of selections have needed searches for copyrights and heirs. Through her myriad contacts, Melissa has negotiated and obtained rights and kept the project going. As we move into digital production, Melissa has learned the laws and conventions of numerous countries. Her advice and skills have made our series a reality.