If you attribute the quotes peoperly, you don't need permission.
How do you know that they are "in the public domain"? I can guarantee you that a quote from one of Erma Bombeck's books is not. Do you know what public domain is? Do you know what Fair Use is? Do you really want to be sued?Learnmegood said:Hey everyone,
I am considering using quotations at the beginning/end of chapters in a book. Is using quotes, as many books do, considered free and ok because they are in the public domain, or does one need to get permission first from each source?
For instance, if I wanted to use a quote from Erma Bombeck on parenthood or from Jerry Seinfeld on Grapenuts, or from George Washington on cybersex?
I don't! That's exactly why I'm asking.JRTomlin said:How do you know that they are "in the public domain"? You can bet a quote from one of Erma Bombeck's books is not.
A work in the public domain is no longer under copyright. That would apply to Shakespeare or Dickens. You can pretty freely quote them. US Copyright law grants authors exclusive right to their work which generally expires 70 years after the author's death.Learnmegood said:I don't! That's exactly why I'm asking.
Fair use really does not apply to commercial works which mean you are profiting from someone else's work and in court the defendant has the burden of proof. It's a complex area of law that I am certainly not qualified to go into, but I would avoid quoting copyrighted material without the owner's permission since more than one author in this world is fairly litigious. It's not hard to ask for permission or simply use something out of copyright.Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, search engines, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship.
I got this book after a recommendation from AndreSan Thomas and read it. That would be why I didn't continue on down the path I was on. Thanks again!AndreSanThomas said:Erma Bombeck and Jerry Seinfeld are not public domain. And they won't be "fair use" in the context you're talking about.
And get this book- http://www.amazon.com/The-Copyright-Handbook-Writer-ebook/dp/B005QEQDYC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357516516&sr=8-2&keywords=the+copyright+handbook
Good reminder, and I fall into the bolded portion of the crowdsourcing!DRMarvello said:This is the wrong place to ask this question.
The only person you should ask for legal advice on this subject is a lawyer who specializes in Intellectual Property law. Here on KindleBoards you will get helpful best guesses, completely uninformed opinion, and prior experiences that may or may not have a bearing on your particular circumstance. If you get a response from an IP lawyer here on KB, I'd either hire that person or use his/her advice to streamline a query for the lawyer of your choice.
The legal implications to your book and your financial well-being are too important to crowdsource.
Cool. Then you've already been "learnedgood"Learnmegood said:Thanks DRM, but I haven't written this book yet, it's just an idea in my head. So I'm just trying to get a feel for what people know out there. I would definitely consult with a lawyer or do a lot more research before going forward.
If you do that, you end up with a sitcom starring William Shatner!DDark said:Just quote your parents. My dad says stuff all the time that belongs in a book.
That's not how fair use works. Size matters, but context matters too. A review is different from putting something into your own (potentially) money making piece of fiction.Okey Dokey said:If Erma Bombeck has a 40,000-word book, and I find a neat 5-word quote, I'll use it.
That's fair use because it would be such a small piece of the whole.
Even reviewers for the NY Times will pull out book quotes without permission.
Ever see the quote "Make my day" or "Frankly my dear, I don't give a d*mn."
They are from copyrighted material, but are only small parts of a larger whole.
Yes, I'm talking about fully attributed quotes at the beginning and/or end of a chapter.ElHawk said:Learnmegood, are you talking about epigraphs? Those little snippets of attributed quotation that begin a book or a chapter to "set the tone" for the rest? If so, as long as you attribute the original author correctly, you can use them, since they are not being presented as your work.