In a company manual, we will use quotes from a variety of authors–shakespeare, poe, for example– and give attribution. Do we still need to obtain permission from anyone?

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In a company manual, we will use quotes from a variety of authors–shakespeare, poe, for example– and give attribution. Do we still need to obtain permission from anyone?

For long dead historical persons, the answer is no. You can use as much as you want. Any copyright Shakespeare may have enjoyed for his works and utterances has long expired.

On more recent works, it all depends if the remarks were copyrighted, and when, and if the copyright was renewed. But even so, you may be able to use small portions. If the quote is 100 or more years old, it is absolutely safe.

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