I’m not planning to make a profit on my book so I’m calling it non-profit. That means I can use the “fair use” doctrine, and include other authors’ works in my book, right?
No, no, no! To be completely honest, questions like this always make me cringe. By contacting me today, you may have avoided a lawsuit, or two, or a few.
Unless you have created and registered an actual 501(c)(3) non-profit with the government, your publishing enterprise is NOT considered a “non profit.”
Please read this excellent article about fair use copyright law.
And, read this article on how to start a non-profit.
I think you will find that simply asking permission to include others’ works in your book is far easier, and cheaper, in the long run.
- All’s Fair in Love and…Hey! Wait a Minute! That’s Mine! A Brief Discussion on FAIR USE By Neil Wilkinson
- How to Avoid Giving Yourself (and Your Publisher) LEGAL Nightmares! by Harvey Randall
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- Can A College Make Copies Of My Book Without Permission?
- Writing or Editing for Non-Profits: When to Say NO! By Jordan Swift
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