Right to quote

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Right to quote is a legal concept in continental Europe, which some people consider similar to fair use.[1] It allows for quoting excerpts of copyrighted works, as long as the cited paragraphs are within a reasonable limit (varying from country to country), clearly marked as quotations and fully referenced, and if the resulting new work is not just a collection of quotations, but constitutes a fully original work in itself. In some countries the intended use of the work (educational, scientific, parodist, etc.) may also be a factor determining the scope of this right.


In France, it is illegal to reproduce someone's work without their approval. But if the work is published, i.e. no longer being edited prior to release, small quotations are legal.[2]


In Germany, the right to quote is extended considerably for research purposes and may even encompass complete works (e. g. texts, pictures, music or videos).[3]


  1. ^ http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/02/msg00221.html
  2. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JsLouMmYHV0J:www.ibls.com/members/docview.aspx%3Fdoc%3D963+Right+to+quote&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ch
  3. ^ § 51 UrhG German legislation on the Großzitat

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