The nasty Wiley Agency is so greedy and disgusting that they want me to pay them $200 for quoting one of their authors in my not-for-profit book of literary criticism.
Shame on you, Wiley. You stink.
“they want me to pay them $200 for quoting one of their authors”
Is there a way to insert that information in the acknoweledgments? Or just omit the author and say that excessive financial demands from the publisher mean you can’t actually quote the author?
I would have gladly done it but the fuckers have dragged this out so long that it’s too late. The book has gone into production and I can’t introduce any more changes. I have no doubt they dragged it out on purpose.
Fair use in American copyright law allows for limited excerpts from a copyrighted work for reviews and the like without having to pay anything to the copyright holder.
They’re counting on you and your publisher not to know that. Tell them to pound sand, or at least get a lawyer to verify what I have told you and have him write a letter with the same basic message.
The problem with this strategy is that involving lawyers is not free. $200 is probably cheaper than trying to fight them.
Unfortunately, the excerpts I chose to quote from this writer taken together amount to more than 300 words. I wanted to do a close reading of the text, idiot me. And over 300 cumulative words is above fair use.
In terms of poetry, anything above a single line is over the limit for fair use. But the poetry publishers I quote turned out to be normal (aka not anglo) and gave me permissions for free.
“Fair use in American copyright law ”
Copyright holders (almost never the producers of copyrighted material) hate, hate HATE fair use and are constantly trying to limit it or eliminate it entirely.
US copyright law is so morally and ethically bankrupt that it discredits the very idea behind copyright (which in its current form is irreconcilible with the original intent).
This is just one more example of how misguided current copyright laws are….
I agree completely. This is a book of literary criticism. Which means I have to quote the texts I analyze. If I’m seriously and thoughtfully engaging with the text, the quotes can’t be superficial and short.
But hey, guess which author I’ll not be analyzing in another book? I’ve actually wondered why there are so few critical references to such a great author while I worked on the book. I guess now I have my answer.
“guess which author I’ll not be analyzing in another book?”
Is the author aware of his publisher’s practices? Perhaps he would be interested….
Actually, that’s precisely what I’m thinking. Maybe I should get in touch. Not to save the $200 but because it’s the principle of the thing.
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