Q: I'm making a film and I'd like to use a quote from a famous person in the script. Are quotes considered intellectual property and if so, would I need legal permission to use one? As a general rule, if you have to ask “do I need legal permission,” the answer is almost certainly yes.
Generally, a movie quote is not sufficiently original to stand on its own as a copyrightable work. However, a movie quote can receive protection in an infringement action while still not being independently copyrightable, as a movie script would be. quotes cannot be protected under rights of publicity.
You can write it in your spec screenplay, that's not an issue. Producing the movie is another matter. Since you plan on producing the screenplay yourself, I would recommend you see an entertainment lawyer who would be able to advise you on how to get the rights to include it in your movie.
Yes, cite any movie you are discussing in your paper. If using exact lines from the film, treat these in-text as a quotation. If explaining what happened in the movie or other ideas from the film (in other words, paraphrasing), then this is an in-text paraphrase.
A: Lines from movies are, in most cases, neither protected by copyright nor in the public domain. Although technically, a line from a movie could be protected by copyright, it's rare that it actually happens.
The American Psychological Association allows authors to cite 400 words in single- text extracts, or 800 words in a series of text extracts, without permission (American Psychological Association, 2010).
In general, you cannot use quotes in your craft business unless you have written permission from the person who said it or the quote is in public domain.
To cite a movie in APA Style, list its director(s) in the author position and the production company as publisher. The title is written in sentence case and italicized, followed by the label “Film” in square brackets. The in-text citation includes the last name of the director, and the year.
Reference the citation like this: Name of film (italicized). Format. Directed by Director's first name and last name. Year of theatrical release; Location of the studio City, State abbreviation: Film distributor, home viewing release year.
Quotes are considered intellectual property, which is protected under the law. This means that if you're not a quote's original author and you want to SELL something with the quote on it, one of two things must be true: 1. You have the author's written permission to use their words on your work.
Go to the official website of the United States Copyright Office to use its online "Public Catalog Search" for works copyrighted after 1978. Use the "Keyword" search field for phrases in copyright records. Surround the phrase with double quotation marks to search for the precise phrase.
You DON'T need permission:
To quote or reference the title or author of a work such as books, poems, movies, TV shows or songs.
Using quotes will generally be permitted. This is largely because using what amounts to a very small portion of a much larger body of work will not be considered copyright infringement and short phrases or small groups of words are not... I'll certainly consider your advice before taking any action.
Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks.
If it is physically tangible and has been put down in writing it will be protected under copyright law. This includes quotes from books, films, TV programmes or speeches.
You do not need to cite a movie if you are only mentioning the title. You DO need to cite the movie if you use ideas, themes, or quotes expressed in the film. Movie titles should be in italics, not placed in quotation marks for APA.
Italics are used for large works, names of vehicles, and movie and television show titles. Quotation marks are reserved for sections of works, like the titles of chapters, magazine articles, poems, and short stories.
The text of speeches made and written down before 1923 are definitely in the public domain in the United States.
The works of William Shakespeare were created well prior to the existence of any copyright laws, and are therefore in the public domain and can be copied, sold, distributed, adapted or performed without seeking anyone's permission or paying for the use.
Shakespeare works are in the domain of the public. They are there for all of us to use, share, enjoy, build upon, be inspired by, and perform.