Seeking permissions to include an excerpt of copyrighted material in your work can be a lot of work. I’m currently working with an author who is seeking permissions for her upcoming book.
In most cases publishers specify that acquiring all of the necessary permissions is the responsibility of the author. This can be a very confusing and frustrating process… not to mention, a little scary. It goes without saying that no one wants to find themselves in trouble for copyright infringement.
It’s important to familiarize yourself with copyright laws if you’re writing a book in which you plan on referencing someone else’s work. Make sure to learn about what can be referenced under fair use–depending on how much material you reference you may not need to acquire permission, but it’s important to make sure whether you’ll need permission or not. Here are a few links that may be of assistance: