Primary source material and copyright
- September 11, 2007 @ 9:58amLuisRodriguez5 says:Is it within fair use to copy substantial portions of primary source material in the public domain from a book designed as a collection of primary source materials?
- September 12, 2007 @ 3:48pmwilliamsonl says:I think what you are saying is that a copyrighted book contains public domain material and you would like to use the public domain part.
The actual primary source material can be used--it is not subject to any copyright restrictions. This isn't even fair use--it is public domain so you don't have to worry about applying fair use. The only thing you would have to worry about being copyrighted is maybe the arrangement of the material if it is original enough or any supplementary information that is added by the author of the book.
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