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November 21, 2004
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Posted by Donna Wentworth

Planet Simpson:


I paid $350 (in US funds) to use a handful of quotes from Radiohead songs in my book. [...] I was not required to fork over a single dime to quote from The Simpsons itself, nor to quote at length from Tony Hendra's excellent book Going Too Far, nor to quote from Foucault or Mark Twain or David Foster Wallace. But to use 87 words from the collected lyrics of Radiohead? Three hundred and fifty simoleons. Roughly $4.02 per word. (Which, incidentally, is more than double the highest amount I've ever been paid per word to write for a magazine or newspaper.)


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Tim C Koppang on November 21, 2004 05:49 PM writes...

I'm a little confused. Why did he actually pay the $350? 22 words is hardly copyright infringement. In fact, this seems like a clear example of fair use. Rather, I think the guy simply got screwed by Warner and their legion of form licensing people. Scare tactics often work. It's still a shame though.

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