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Hi, guys!
I wanna quote a few paragraphs from one book on my blog, moreover, I wanna read that quote on my youtube channel, but
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  • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
    So what's your question? Ask permission or don't do it. Period.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kalambur
      Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

      So what's your question? Ask permission or don't do it. Period.
      I'm running a book reviews blog. It's impossible to ask permission everytime.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Not sure what you are asking - the stipulations are clear.

        I'm running a book reviews blog. It's impossible to ask permission everytime.
        It's not impossible to ask permission - it requires some effort on your part. It's not permissible to use quotes without that permission, so what's the question?

        How valid is a "book reviews" blog by someone who has no respect for the copyright of books reviewed? See the problem?
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        • Profile picture of the author RexRoamer
          I'm a traditionally published author and a journalist. If you quoted "several paragraphs" from any of my works, you'd be contacted by my attorney. Copyright law is complicated. If you have to ask, you don't understand it - and you're at risk for big, big fines and possible prosecution.
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        • Profile picture of the author onSubie
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          It's not impossible to ask permission - it requires some effort on your part. It's not permissible to use quotes without that permission, so what's the question?

          It actually is permissible, under "fair use", to quote parts of copyright works without getting explicit permission for the purpose of reviews and criticism.


          You can find legal details and examples by Googling "copyright fair use".
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          • Profile picture of the author RexRoamer
            "Fair use" and "a few paragraphs" are QUITE different. A professional book reviewer receives galleys from publishers. He/she should know the difference.
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            • Profile picture of the author onSubie
              Originally Posted by RexRoamer View Post

              "Fair use" and "a few paragraphs" are QUITE different. A professional book reviewer receives galleys from publishers. He/she should know the difference.

              Not really.

              Nowhere does "fair use" state the amount quoted allowed and "fair use" does not require the quotes be supplied by the copyright holder.

              In fact, many examples of fair use state "a few paragraphs" as an example of quoting copyright text.

              If you think someone is quoting beyond what you feel is "fair use" you can sue them in court for copyright violation.

              For specific case law see:
              Search Cases | U.S. Copyright Office


              You know, reviews help promote your work so I don't know why you would object to reviewers quoting compelling pieces of your work in order to promote it.
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              • Profile picture of the author RexRoamer
                And, as I've already stated, as someone who has made a living as a professional author/journalist for several decades - the individual using "several paragraphs" would hear from both my publisher and my attorney. Copyright is key to a writer's livelihood and not something to be "guessed about" by those outside the legal or publishing realms.
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                • Profile picture of the author onSubie
                  Originally Posted by RexRoamer View Post

                  And, as I've already stated, as someone who has made a living as a professional author/journalist for several decades - the individual using "several paragraphs" would hear from both my publisher and my attorney. Copyright is key to a writer's livelihood and not something to be "guessed about" by those outside the legal or publishing realms.


                  Despite all that, it is clear you don't know what you are talking about.
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                  • Profile picture of the author RexRoamer
                    I'm curious: what is your publishing/legal experience...?
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                    • Profile picture of the author onSubie
                      Originally Posted by RexRoamer View Post

                      I'm curious: what is your publishing/legal experience...?

                      Based on your responses, I would say greater than yours. But not relevant anyway. What is relevant is existing case law.

                      Please cite a single case backing your position. I cited hundreds backing mine.

                      The link was not to some blog about copyright- it was to the US Copyright office.

                      And the examples are not hypothetical, they are cases decided by the US courts.

                      Have your lawyer review the references I sent and explain to you how the courts got it all wrong and you are right.




                      The OP was asking if it is okay to quote from copyright material for the purpose of reviews and criticism. It is.

                      You said "a few paragraphs" is not the same. It is. Case law shows this. You need to cite case law, not rant your opinion.

                      I am not saying you can copy anything anytime you want. I am a supporter of copyright law. But you are dead wrong on your interpretation of "fair use".
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                      • Profile picture of the author RexRoamer
                        No offense, onSubie - but without background in this area of expertise, I think it best you don't respond or offer advice. Googling something is hardly the same as knowing it. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion - but that's not the same thing as facts. Either way, best of the new year to you and yours.
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                • Profile picture of the author GeckoTribe
                  Originally Posted by RexRoamer View Post

                  And, as I've already stated, as someone who has made a living as a professional author/journalist for several decades - the individual using "several paragraphs" would hear from both my publisher and my attorney. Copyright is key to a writer's livelihood and not something to be "guessed about" by those outside the legal or publishing realms.
                  You might get sued. If it goes to court, you might win, and you might lose. Either way, it'll cost you. So tread carefully.

                  How much, and how you can use it under "fair use" is not a cut and dried issue.

                  If the author or publisher feels you're giving away too much value, they're more likely to take action than if they feel you're helping them market their content by providing a nice teaser.
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                  • Profile picture of the author RexRoamer
                    Originally Posted by GeckoTribe View Post

                    If the author or publisher feels you're giving away too much value, they're more likely to take action than if they feel you're helping them market their content by providing a nice teaser.
                    You have hit the nail on the head! And this is simply not something the person re-publishing a writer's work can guess... so... better safe than sorry.
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  • Profile picture of the author time4vps
    Hey man, here you will find some facts about this https://janefriedman.com/permissions/ it's clearly written, so keep reading and learning. good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author PassiveIncomes
    Originally Posted by Kalambur View Post

    Hi, guys!
    I wanna quote a few paragraphs from one book on my blog, moreover, I wanna read that quote on my youtube channel, but
    Reword the meaning, don't quote it. Simple as long as it retain the same meaning with different sentences it works.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by PassiveIncomes View Post

      Reword the meaning, don't quote it. Simple as long as it retain the same meaning with different sentences it works.
      Please do not listen to this totally uninformed advice.

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