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MIT Press takes gutsy fair use stand

Charlie StrossPerson was signed in when posted
10:06 AM ET (US)
Good for them!

I ended up pulling chapter-head quotes from a novel, simply because the hoops I'd have to jump through to clear them would take as much effort as all the other editing work combined. Tracing the executors of the literary estate of a dead-but-not-out-of-copyright author so you can run a different one-line quip at the head of a chapter is crazy. We don't expect journalists to jump through these hoops when they quote a line from a public figure, just as long as they attribute it correctly; why is the standard for fiction so much higher?

(Seeking the rights holder's permission makes sense if a substantial extract is needed. But for a one-liner ...? Verily, the law is an equine organism!)
Edited 03-20-2003 10:06 AM
Art VeitchPerson was signed in when posted
06:01 AM ET (US)
Or they could get their asses dragged to court. Being legally in the right is one thing, being able to afford to prove so is another. Though I agree, a one line song quote definitely should be fair use.
CraniacPerson was signed in when posted
10:20 PM ET (US)
Good for them. I hope they sic
 Noam Chomsky on them.
Edited 03-19-2003 10:20 PM

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