View Full Version : Am I allowed to do this?

Mr. Anonymous
05-22-2009, 10:55 AM
Okay, so there's this great speech that the late David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College some years back. It's up on the internet, for free, and there's also a book out there that has the whole 4000 word speech stretched to 140 pages, with basically one sentence per page. Personally, I think that's a pretty dumb idea.

What I'm curious is, would I be allowed to, using a self-publisher like lulu, turn the speech into a short, 12 page or so pamphlet for myself and maybe make some extra copies to give out to a few other people as a gift?

05-22-2009, 04:52 PM
I really doubt this. As far as the guidelines I got from my publisher, there is no such thing as fair use for a speech. If you want to use one line, you have to get permission.

For a speech turned into a book, you'd still have to get permission from the publisher and/or the estate of the writer

05-22-2009, 04:55 PM
You might ask for permission to do so, sell your idea to them, with a percentage paid to the estate.

05-22-2009, 04:58 PM
Don't without permission.

As you mentioned, it's already been published:


05-22-2009, 08:49 PM
You could make a copy for yourself via your own computer printer with no problem. Beyond that, especially distributing copies to others as "gifts", you are definitely violating copyright.


Mr. Anonymous
05-22-2009, 09:06 PM
Alright guys, thanks very much.