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Ownership of Words Trademark

Discussion in 'Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law' started by Waytogo, Aug 15, 2009.

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  1. Waytogo

    Waytogo Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I am moving this post from Copyright, Trademark in the hope that it will get a response here. Thank you in advance.

    I am working on a non-fiction book project and have collected numerous quotations from individuals who have themselves been interviewed and quoted in newspapers and magazines. I want to use these quotations in my book and need to clarifify when permission is needed from the copyright holder of the newspaper, magazine or internet web site.

    For example, John Doe is quoted in the New York Times as saying "Obesity is a big fat problem in America." I want to use the quoted material and do not necessarily want to credit the NYT and get their permission to use these words. I'm not trying to take credit for obtaining the quote myself, but endless repetition of newspaper and magzine names will, in my judgment, detract from the overall reading experience.

    Clearly, I could contact that person being quoted and try to get them to repeat the same words -- an onerous and time consuming task.

    One further clarification for now: These are not lengthy quotations, but rather relatively short excerpts. Does that make a difference?

    I see this book as a journalistic enterprise. Does that give me any special privilege?

    If you were the attorney for a book publisher, would you require me to obtain permissions to quote quotated material?

    Do you know of a good reference on this subject?

    Appreciate your help.
     
  2. tpajet

    tpajet New Member

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    One thing you could do is put a small number at the end of the quote and either have listing at the bottom of the pages for what the numbers are, or a bibliography section in the back of the book with the same info.
     

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