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fair use does not overright copyright! each has its own laws and 
definitions. as for poetry, i am in a similar position, and was informed 
by the publisher we are using that we can use 2 lines of poetry, and no 
more, without paying permission!!!
true.
ken harrow

On 1/18/11 12:13 PM, Mike Chopra-Gant wrote:
> A quick question, especially for those in the USA. I'm in the closing stages of writing a book on The Waltons and am writing about fans, and specifically fan literature. I was hoping to quote some poetry posted on a forum by a fan. She has claimed copyright on the works and my request for her permission to quote short passages in my book has been declined. Where do I stand insofar as fair use is concerned now that permission has been refused: does fair use override such a refusal so far as very short passages are concerned or does the refusal establish an absolute prohibition on quoting?
>
> I'd really like to put some of this material in the book but I suspect the author of these poems is precisely the kind of person to get litigious, and getting sued in the States is not a risk I can afford to take.
>
> Regards,
>
> Mike Chopra-Gant
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