Consent needed form interviewee in article

Tracing copyright owners and asking permission.
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WebExaminer
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Consent needed form interviewee in article

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Just a rhetorical observation: yesterday I emailed the editor of a local news website and author of some very good local books to ask permission to quote some 70 words from an interview with the landlady of a local pub that he'd published in 2010. He replied "I realise I cannot grant permission to republish this extract. Only *** ****** can give permission for republication of her quote and you will need to make contact with her to obtain this".

But she retired six years ago and the pub is now a restaurant.

As it happens, I can happily summarise the gist of her remarks without reference to her, though I do quote her comments she made in another publication.

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Hi WE,

Yes, he is right that, assuming that he quoted the lady verbatim, she is technically the owner of the copyright in the words she spoke. However here is a good example where the quotation exception could be used, provided that you cited the source as something like: Mrs Elsie Barmaid quoted in Characters from the Surrey Pub Trade 1990 - 2010 by Harry Knowles. Penguin Books 2010.
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As ever, Andy, thanks. The excerpt I sent to the editor included an attribution comparable to your example.

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