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    Does Copyright Apply Here?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The Byzantine Bandit, Jul 14, 2013.

    So, according to this, "short phrases" can't be copyrighted. Does that include short phrases in a work protected by copyright? Like, say, a line from a poem in The Lord of the Rings? Thanks!
     
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    no. it doesn't... 'short phrases' only refers to bits of writing that exist on their own, not excerpts from complete works that are protected by copyright...

    so, if i write:

    it can't be covered by copyright, since it's not part of a complete story/article/poem/whatever...
     
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    Yep - what [MENTION=373]mammamaia[/MENTION] said.

    A line from a poem in Lord of the Rings might be usable in some situations under Fair Use, but there is no bright-line rule for fair use. Instead, courts review a number of factors on a case-by-case basis to determine whether fair use applies. So you have to be cautious going down that path.
     

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