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Rhine

Junior Member
What is the name of your state? PA

I'm writng a book and learned that there was unpublished manuscript containing information related to the theme of my book. I visited the library, read the manuscript, obtained a form from the library to give me rights to publish excerpts from the mansucript. I never received the written permission, called the library, and learned that the library doesn't own the rights, and was told I couldn't use information from the manuscript. The library had contacted the copyright owner, who denied permission. My question...can I legally mention in my book that the manuscript exists(not mentioning the name),name the author and mention the fact that I have read it?
I'm having difficulty understanding why I can't say anything about what I learned from the manuscript as long as I don't quote passages or use excerpts.
Thanks for your help.
 


BelizeBreeze

Senior Member
Rhine said:
What is the name of your state? PA

I'm writng a book and learned that there was unpublished manuscript containing information related to the theme of my book. I visited the library, read the manuscript, obtained a form from the library to give me rights to publish excerpts from the mansucript. I never received the written permission, called the library, and learned that the library doesn't own the rights, and was told I couldn't use information from the manuscript. The library had contacted the copyright owner, who denied permission. My question...can I legally mention in my book that the manuscript exists(not mentioning the name),name the author and mention the fact that I have read it?
I'm having difficulty understanding why I can't say anything about what I learned from the manuscript as long as I don't quote passages or use excerpts.
Thanks for your help.
If you do NOT use anything from the manuscript you do have the right to 'attribute' it in another work. Simply stating that it exists, the ISBN number, author and other 'facts' is not infringement.
 

divgradcurl

Senior Member
As BB noted, you can use the "information" you obtained from the maunscript -- information itself cannot be copyrighted -- but you may not use excerpts and the like without permission (unless you want to go to court and argue fair use as a defense, not the recommended action to follow).
 

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