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RE: Quoting the masters...

by reptile (Monk)
on Jul 12, 2000 at 02:33 UTC ( #22126=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Quoting the masters...

While I'm most definitely not a lawyer, I'm quite certain that posting snippets of books is considered Fair Use and is perfectly legal. If your lawyer is slick you could probably even convince a judge that your quoting a text was for educational purposes which is also a copyright exception under fair use.

So I'm pretty sure it's not a problem.

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on Fiar Use
by mcwee (Pilgrim) on Jul 14, 2000 at 12:12 UTC
    A very good article outlining Fair Use (which is a very grey legal area) is availible here. Going by what the article says, limited quoting from published sources is acceptable in the context of this site because 1) we are only quoting bits n' pieces (as oposed to significant chunks of the full work) 2) we aren't profiting by quoting the chunks 3) we aren't FUing the copyright holder's ability to profit from his/her work and 4) (and this is a little dicey, but) this site is primarily an educational resource (although, legality wise, I'd stick with the first 3 points rather than rely on #4, which is quite a bit weaker.)

    Yeah, yeah, IANAL, but I've had a lot of classroom (as teacher and student) and lit mag (writer and editor) involvement, so Ive spent a fair amount of time researching Fair Use. ( and i would have gotten away for it if it weren't for those darn kids and their IP attorney dog . . . )

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