My question is regarding use of public domain works--one in particular. I would like to quote the first stanza of "Spider and the Fly" in the beginning of my newest novel. Research shows that the poem by Mary Howitt was published in 1829, and it is widely accepted as public domain. My questions: IS it actually in the public domain, and what information am I required to include if I do use it? I planned on quoting that first stanza and then giving credit to Ms. Howitt right underneath. Will that be enough?
State/Country relating to question: Washington
yes that is fine, anything published before 1923 is in the public domain and can be used freely, but you should still provide proper attribution to the author
Oh, of course. I never use anything without giving credit. Will giving the title of the poem and the author's name be sufficient?
yes it is
best of luck
Experienced in intellectual property law
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