Using direct quotes in monologues or scenes
Posted: Wed Oct 4th, 2017 05:49 am
1 st Post
I am starting work on a play where I may be writing monologues spoken by real and famous people. I am unsure about the legal use of direct quotes printed in books, interviews, biographies or films. Seems like writers do this all the time but I cannot find anything that says this is legal.
Example: I saw this play: http://www.theannrichardsplay.com/ on Broadway (it was great) and I am sure she used lines that Ann Richards said in real life, articles, etc.
Any suggestions as to where I can get answers to these sorts questions? Googling did not help.
Much appreciation, Angela
Posted: Fri Oct 6th, 2017 06:08 pm
2 nd Post
You need to get permission from the copyright holder. It's as simple as that.
Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 08:59 am
3 rd Post
Yes. That is the same conclusion I came too.
Thank you, Angela
Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 09:14 pm
4 th Post
Ditto....unless in public domain. BUT you owe it to the author to quote him/her even if in public domain. As a writer, I'm sure you understand that. Try quoting yourself.
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