[ilds] The Lost Art of Lying

william godshalk godshawl at email.uc.edu
Fri Mar 7 13:39:14 PST 2008

The doctrine of "fair use" permits brief passages 
from a book to be quoted in a book review or a 
critical essay; and the parodist of a copyrighted 
work is permitted to copy as much of that work as 
is necessary to enable readers to recognize the 
new work as a parody. A writer may, for that 
matter, quote a passage from another writer just 
to liven up the narrative; but to do so without 
quotation marks­to pass off another writer's 
writing as one's own­is more like fraud than like fair use.

That's all I have to say about this matter, children.
W. L. Godshalk		*
Department of English         *
University of Cincinnati            Stellar disorder  *
Cincinnati OH 45221-0069      *

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