Friday, April 19, 2013

A to Z Challenge - Quotes

For the A to Z Challenge, I’m posting promo and other tips for writers, along with a daily photo. (All photos taken by me.)

They say it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission. But if you’re quoting someone, it’s better to ask permission than to get sued!

Quotes, excerpts, facts and figures - in print or online - are copyrighted and require permission to use. The same applies to song lyrics.

There are always exceptions, such as reviews of your book or public domain.

If in doubt, here are a couple publishing law websites to check:
Ivan Hoffman
Pub Law

And if you can’t get permission? Next!

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And I just found the cutest blog participating in the A to Z -Flat Stanley and Friends.

Your daily photo: "sQuid Attack!"



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34 comments:

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

I agree to ask Permission is harder than to ask forgiveness.
What annoyed me a few months ago I browsed on a poetry site and found some of my poems there under a different writer's name. After much consultations with the moderator of the site saying the poems were in fact in my books and are copyrighted she hastily removed them.
Yvonne.

Donna Hosie said...

Yvonne, that is awful.

I've been plagiarised twice in my career. It ended a friendship :(

KRITI said...

Plagiarism is indeed awful...it happens at times you come across an article and then the only words that you shout out loud being..."Hey...that's mine!" and followed by a whiplash and a ruined day!


sQuid Attack...was quite an attack :D :)nice nice!

Melanie Schulz said...

None of us want to see our work stolen.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Yvonne, at least you were able to get them removed.

Donna, that's sad.

KRITI, I can set anything on Spunky and he doesn't seem to care.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Thanks for the tips,L.Diane.

Clarissa Draper said...

Yes, writers have to be so careful.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Good tip! I've gotten to the point where I just don't quote others or used trademarked names in my stories. :)

Hart Johnson said...

I sure wish quotes that reached a certain level of fame became public domain. I mean I know they do after a certain period of time, but it would be nice if it's sooner. If I ever get quotable, I am going to give them for free, provided they're cited. Heck, it's advertising.

kmckendry said...

Great tips and I will check out those sites. Love the sQuid attack!

Amy "Lyre" Turner said...

Diane,

Thanks for the links regarding copyright law. Those are helpful!

Also, I love the picture. The cat reminds me of my pretty girl. :-)

Lyre @ <a href="amy-lyre.blogspot.com>Lyre's Musings</a> #atozchallenge

mshatch said...

Yes, a heard a horrible story about someone getting sued. Not fun.

Cute kitty!

Bish Denham said...

Plagiarism by any other name is still plagiarism.

Laura Eno said...

The cat looks like he's counting to three before attacking the squid. ;)

Flat Stanley A to Z? Oh my...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad I don't use quotes.
And there's a squid on your cat...

Steven said...

Good advice! And nice squid attack :)

Mark Means said...

Haha...don't know how you got your cat to sit for that, but kudos to you for doing it! :)

Great advice, as well.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Thanks for the warning, L. Diane....


I LOVE black cats.... he is stunning... (He?She?)

Arlee Bird said...

I guess I'll just make up my own quotes. I give myself permission to use them.

Lee
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Quoting is a great way to give praise to the author. I like being quoted; I don't like my words taken and used without some kind of acknowledgement.

Love the black cat. They always are my favorite.

Johanna Garth said...

I have a theory that many of the world's problems are caused by lazy people; plagiarism is just one more thing that supports that theory.

Carol Kilgore said...

Great tips. And thanks so much for a fun Friday photo!

Sandy said...

SQuid on the cat is hilarious. Thanks for referral with my Flat Stanley Blog, much appreciated.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

What a bummer, but better than a law suit. I'll just keep them in my pinterest board. Though I think dead people are ok to quote (at least after some time has passed).

Jo said...

What a cheek using your poems under their own name.

What a patient puss cat.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm really careful about quotes and pictures. Can't believe the kitty stayed still for that attack.

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

Good reminder. I do slack off sometimes on the blog with regard to pics. Writer’s Mark

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

uh oh, I'd better watch out!

Christina5k said...

Good looking out!! Thanks for the information.

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randi lee said...

I take care with quotes and pictures, myself, and do my best to come up with both on my own.

Jagoda said...

I'll check out the links you provided too, but I thought that it was permissible (i.e. don't have to ask)to use quotes under a certain # of words (can't recall the precise #) with attribution, of course. Now, I'll definitely double-check.
Jagoda

Jagoda said...

Okay, I did just look and what I was remembering is the 'Fair Use Doctrine' and it does not specify #s. It all depends on the use and its context. Better to play it safe and always ask permission.
Jagoda

michelle said...

Thanks for this info L.Diane. I was totally unaware about the quote/song lyrics issue...

Susanne Drazic said...

So does this include the sharing of inspirational/motivational quotes, etc? Are websites or blogs that include these types of quotes infringing on the authors copyrights?