Quoting TED Talk

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Quoting TED Talk

Post by teepeemckay » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:26 am

The publisher I work for wishes to use a small extract from a TED Talk as an epigraph in a forthcoming book. The content of the talk has not been published anywhere else.

Are we obligated to request permission from the speaker given that we intend to use the extract as an epigraph?

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Re: Quoting TED Talk

Post by AndyJ » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:05 pm

Hi teepeemckay,

What you propose should not need permission as it will fall within the exception for quotation (section 30(1ZA) Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988). Although this is a UK/EU exception, something very similar applies under the US doctrine of fair use. Effectively this shoulld mean that even if the speaker is based outside the UK no infringement will take place. However to comply with the UK fair dealing rules you would need to provide a credit to the source, ie the speaker in the TED talk.
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Re: Quoting TED Talk

Post by teepeemckay » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:21 am

Hi AndyJ,

Thank you for your thorough response. I think I was being overly cautious because we tend to treat epigraphs with special care, as opposed to other forms of quotation within the main body of our texts. Good to know that in this context it can be considered fair dealing/fair use.

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Teepeemckay

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