I am interested in creating an anthology of published short stories that we will be using for a school curriculum. I will also be selling it to others. I have questions about copyright/permission. Can I legally do this?
You can’t pull short stories from the Internet (or anywhere else), and include them in your anthology unless you’ve been authorized to do so. You need to obtain written permission from the copyright holders of all stories you plan to include.
I’ve written a 3-part series on this topic:
- “An Anthology Used My Story Without Permission”
- Sample Anthology Contributor Contract
- “How much should I pay my anthology contributors…and what rights do I need?”
- “I want to publish an anthology that includes stories written by others. Where do I start?”
- An Anthology Can Help Support Writing Group By R.T. Byrum
- Is an Anthology Creator the “Author?”
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