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I interviewed a astronaut many years ago for Highlights magazine and used a quote from that initial interview. Flash forward to now: the astronaut and I are working on her biography together and I would like to use the quote I used in the Highlights piece. I'm stumped. Am I allowed to do this? It's not like I'm using a quote that another writer obtained but Highlights has all rights to the piece. Then again, they can't possibly own the right to someone's actual quote - can they? After all, celebrities often say the same thing to several publications.

I suppose I can figure out a way to work around the quote but I'd like to use it if possible.

Any thoughts or insight?
Thanks!
#1 - August 07, 2008, 08:23 AM
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Highlights doesn't have the rights to the quote.  They have the rights to the particular combination of words that is your article.  You can use the same information in another piece.
#2 - August 07, 2008, 08:24 AM
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That's what I thought. Thanks Anne Marie!
#3 - August 07, 2008, 08:39 AM
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If you are worried and you and the astronaut are working together, just ask her to say it again.  Then it's new info!
#4 - August 07, 2008, 05:34 PM

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