Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:04 pm Post
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Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:20 am Post
Ahab wrote:Are you going through a traditional publisher?
Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:33 am Post
Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:35 pm Post
Ahab wrote:Charge for access, or the presence or absence of advertising, or the fact that it's on the Internet and not between jacketed hardcovers, or that money has or has not changed hands, doesn't affect copyright law in the least.
Brief quotations from larger works--a paragraph from a novel or a history of the British sailing navy--almost certainly won't need permissions for reuse along the lines you're outlining. A poem or a song most certainly will.
You can find thousands of samples of permissions letters by Googling "sample publishing permissions letter." Each college press has its own version, and most look very much alike; some of the larger publishers also post these online, and all show up on the Google hits.
But, again, for what you're doing, you'll be money ahead to invest in a recent issue of Chicago. It has been the Bible for publishers for many years in the U.S. for a good reason, and it will keep you out of dangerous waters (and also remind you how to format a quotation properly). There's an online version, too: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html.
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