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cliff notes

Does one need permission from the author and/or the publisher to create and publish (online or in print) "cliff notes" version of a book?
Permalink not_enough_time 
January 9th, 2006
I'd say it exceeds fair use so yes.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 9th, 2006
I don't know about that. Aren't you essentially writing a very complicated review, or book report? A literature thesis which uses several plays might quote those plays extensively and include quotations all over the place, and all they need to do is cite the original works.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 9th, 2006
*quote those plays extensively and explain the plot in detail, I meant to say.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 9th, 2006
It is not a review since I am not going to judge what's written in the book. I will be creating a condensed version of the book. There would be quite a bit of paraphrasing so it would not be a verbatim copy. I will not be simply chopping out paragraphs and leaving the rest in tact to shorten the book. What I would be doing is basically regurgitating what I understand from the book, but in a condensed way.
Permalink not_enough_time 
January 9th, 2006
Yes. If you will quote say more than 200 words you will need permission.

The number of words is just a rule of thumb. They can go after you for anything if they want. The law is somewhat vague as to what constitutes a violation.
Permalink son of parnas 
January 9th, 2006
It very much depends upon the purpose as well. If its for an essay in some course or other then it may still be fair use but if its for commercial gain then you need permission.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 9th, 2006

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