Saturday, June 11, 2011

Snippets from The Chicago Manual of Style - Copyright Permission

From page 143:

"In the course of writing a book or article, the author will do well to keep a record of all copyright owners whose permission may be necessary before the work is published."

If you are an aspiring author, you may not know that in many cases, you may need to ask permission from others in order to quote them, including information you quote from other books, or poetry, photos not owned by you, etc.

As the CMS further explains, for a book that contains a lot of outside information, obtaining permission could take weeks or even months. In some cases, copyright holders will require a fee be paid (usually by the author), or they may not grant permission at all. Keep that in mind as you write, so you can plan ahead in case you have to take some quoted material out.

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