Does anyone know the rules...

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Registered: 01-31-2005
Does anyone know the rules...
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Thu, 01-25-2007 - 8:44pm

for quoting someone's work? If I wanted to use a quote at the beginning of a chapter, how would I make sure that it was done right? Like not violating any copyright or anything? Also, a friend of mine said that refering to name brands in your writing is not allowed. I argued that it was. (Like if my character was drinking a Pepsi and I said: Marlene place her cold glass of Pepsi on the table).

I appreciate anyone's help.

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Registered: 12-12-2003
Fri, 01-26-2007 - 8:51am

Quotations are written verbatim in italics and cited.

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Registered: 01-31-2005
Fri, 01-26-2007 - 9:40am

thanks Linda!!

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Fri, 01-26-2007 - 9:53am
You're welcome.

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Fri, 01-26-2007 - 10:41pm

Thanks for clarifying that, Lynda.

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Registered: 12-12-2003
Sat, 01-27-2007 - 3:36pm
IMO historical

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Sat, 01-27-2007 - 4:15pm

LOL. You have a good point there, Lynda. You'd be surprised how many words and phrases were nonexistant 100 years ago ... and the ones that were. (I'm still trying to find the original document that was translated as "ankle biters".)


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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sun, 01-28-2007 - 1:03pm

In some ways you are right but I'd rather look up a word for it's origin then worry about infringing on copyrights for products if that makes any sense.

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sun, 01-28-2007 - 1:12pm

Ankle Biters...lol, I love it Eleyne.

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Registered: 01-30-2005
Mon, 01-29-2007 - 11:56am

Hi,

I just thought I'd jump in with some more information. I don't think you will have any problems with using a trademark or brand name in the way you mentioned. I found this website which explains in more detail:

http://www.publaw.com/fairusetrade.html

If your character was going to become sick from drinking Pepsi or you were going to say something else negative about them, you might want to use a generic term, but otherwise it should be okay.

Also, if you're planning to quote copyrighted material, you will probably have to get permission from the author. I read a book recently in which the author started each chapter with quotes from other books. In the back there was a long list detailing where each quote came from and who granted permission for her to use it. The website above has some articles that talk about this too.

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Registered: 10-31-2006
Tue, 01-30-2007 - 10:38pm

Lindy- thanks for the info. I'd heard that, too, about getting permission for quotes, even if they're cited.

I forget who posted it, but what is the SCA?

Thanks!

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