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May I quote from Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way

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May I quote from Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" as a chapter header in a book I am writing w/o infringing on his copyright?
JA: What written documentation do you have?
Customer: If you mean copyright documentation, I have none. The material I would like to quote is the paragraph about evil, against the pyramid laborers, against Ceasar, etc.
JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?
Customer: I have not yet used the quote or published the novel. I am asking how far does Bradbury's copyright extend. May I quote as an interesting header?
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I think I have explained sufficiently
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Alex Reese replied 12 days ago.

hello. one paragraph from a book is likely permissible fair use and not likely to get you on the radar as as infringement, and I have seen this done many times without incident...however, there are no clear rules in copyright law but it's unlikely a copyright would make an issue out of something like this.

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