Peoria, AZ asked in Copyright for Arizona

Q: Copyright question: Can I sell a file with summaries of popular parenting books and potential applications?

I have a blog. I'd like to compile a resource with the jists of popular books in my niche, their main points, my experience with applying what they teach, and highlight practical ways to apply it (more or less). I'd like to sell these as downloadable pdfs. I'd imagine I may run into some copyright issues here, so I wanted to see what those may be. Thank you so much for your help!

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Robyn T. Williams
Robyn T. Williams
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Wilmington, DE

A: Hello,

If you intend to do synopses (of sorts) accompanied by your opinions based on your experiences, it is not likely that you will face copyright issues. Your papers should not contain materials such as charts, graphs, graphics, etc. found in the works on which you are opining.

You may face separate issues should your papers offer negative commentary.

You should consult with an IP attorney before publication of any of your papers to properly delineate any copyright, trademark, or libel issues that may arises.

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