“Can I publish other writers’ short stories in my anthology without permission?”

“Can I publish other writers’ short stories in my anthology without permission?”

Q –

Good Morning,

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?

– C.


A –

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:

How to Compile and Publish an Anthology

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