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Quoting others in my wip

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Alisha Marie Klapheke
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Quoting others in my wip

Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Thu March 15th, 2012, 2:40 am

I'm working on a YA book right now and I have a quote (some from poetry, some from plays, even an itty bitty snippet of a short story) at the beginning of each chapter.

Now I know most of what I'm using is public domain--very old stuff, but what about the two that are not? Is it a real nightmare to get permission if I do indeed self pub this or query it out?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu March 15th, 2012, 4:04 am

I used the Copyright Clearance Center to arrange permission to use a long extract of a translated poem for my last novel. I did have to pay to use the extract, but the process itself was fast and easy.

http://www.copyright.com/

If it's a very short quote you're using, though, I would think it would be OK to quote without permission as long as you acknowledge the source, but it would probably be good to check anyway. (Or it might be safer to switch to all public-domain quotes.)
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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Thu March 15th, 2012, 1:25 pm

Thanks, BoswellBaxter. That is a great site. Have a good one!

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