I'm surprised the words "safe harbor" don't appear in Orr's piece. He might find Susan Bielstein's book a source of solace, if nothing else... And he should count his lucky stars he hasn't tried publishing a book about James Joyce.The difficulty is not so much that the copyright system is restrictive (although it can be), but that no one has any idea exactly how much of a poem can be quoted without payment. Under the “fair use” doctrine, quotation is permitted for criticism and comment, so you’d think this is where a poetry critic could hang his hat. But how much use is fair use?If you ask publishers, the answer varies — a lot.
Friday, September 9, 2011
David Orr Wanders into the Tangled Web of Copyright Permissions
In this NY Times Op-Ed, David Orr tells of discovering what anyone who's written a book about the arts in the twentieth century knows—the world of copyright permission licensing is quite a can of worms. Hmm... I wonder how much of the Op-Ed I'm allowed to quote here without paying for a license from the NY Times:
Posted by Worry Later at Friday, September 09, 2011