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Is It Fair Use? 7 Questions to Ask Before Using Copyrighted Material

In my work as a freelance editor, I often work on manuscripts that contain verbatim quotes and/or referenced quotes from other sources.  My editorial comment in these cases is usually along the line of “You might need permission for this quotation.” I’m not an attorney, so I can’t say with absolute certainty that a specific quote is or is not fair use, but I’m sharing this excellent article about the use of copyrighted material from Jane Friedman’s blog that might help you answer that question for your own book. You might want to bookmark this one: Is It Fair Use? 7 Questions to Ask Before Using Copyrighted Material.


Candace Johnson is a professional freelance editor, proofreader, writer, ghostwriter, and writing coach who has worked with traditional publishers, self-published authors, and independent book packagers on nonfiction subjects ranging from memoirs to alternative medical treatments to self-help. As an editorial specialist, Candace is passionate about offering her clients the opportunity to take their work to the next level. She believes in maintaining an author’s unique voice while helping him or her create and polish every sentence to make it the best it can be.

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5 thoughts on “Is It Fair Use? 7 Questions to Ask Before Using Copyrighted Material

  1. You are the “Whole F***ing Show,” Candace (that’s a compliment). You have forgotten more about editing than I will ever know.

    • Compliment accepted, Eric, and thank you for that unrestrained enthusiasm! I hope I haven’t forgotten too much, but there is always more to learn, which is part of why I love my job so much. Would it surprise you to know I enjoy just browsing through The Chicago Manual of Style?

  2. This helpful and came along at just the right moment. Glad I’m following you.

  3. Reblogged this on chrismcmullen and commented:
    These are very helpful articles; check them out. 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing this important link, Candace!

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