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Q: Does quoting a source for a history book infringe on its copyright?

I am writing a book on Native American battlefields in the Midwest. Some of my source books have statements such as “No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author, except as provided by U.S.A. copyright law.” If I want to quote a paragraph from one such book, in the book I am writing (giving full credit in the footnotes to the source); is that considered “fair use” or “copy-right infringement”

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Floyd Edwin Ivey
Floyd Edwin Ivey
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Kennewick, WA

A: It may be "fair use". However, certainty of not having a conflict can be. by getting permission.

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA

A: This is almost certainly fair use. Be sure to provide proper attribution.

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