How can you use quotes for commercial purposes legally?
I'm researching using quotes for commercial purposes and wondered what you know about it...
Some say it's legal if it's a quote from something someone said not written.
Some say it's legal as long as you acknowledge the author/artist/speaker.
Some say you need written permission.
It seems to be a mine field! Anyway what's your understanding of using quotes and how would you go about finding out if what you want to use is in the public domain or not?
I would begin by looking up "Fair Use". It's a term used when you want to use copyrighted material, with some stipulations. I believe (but am not certain) you will need to be granted permission based on who said it, whether or not they're living, whether you heard it or it's already published (due to copyright on publishing as well as the author), etc. I hope this helps you find your answer.
It is not always necessary to have the author's permission. If you are critiquing an article for example or commenting, it is not required. Here is a site where you can research this question and get a feel for when it is "allowed":
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/ … 30100.html
Hope this helps, Mark
Thanks for your helpful answers and link.
I particularly want to use quotes in artwork with the idea of selling on merchandise, so I really need to get this right!
Off to read that link
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