Can I Quote Someone Who Died 50 Years Ago?

Can I Quote Someone Who Died 50 Years Ago?

Hi, Angela.

Would you know if I am violating any intellectual-property laws by quoting a person who died more than 50 years ago? For my next self-published project, I hope to use 100 quotes from a famous person, and then elaborate upon the wisdom contained within. I think I’m within the public domain, but wanted to check with you.

Best regards,
Marlene

Hi Marlene,

I’m not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Always consult an attorney for any legal needs you have.

That said…you’re probably fine.

Please see:

When Do You Need to Secure Permissions?
Public Domain Law
Fair Use Law

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