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Films - Can I include quotes from literary works in my film?

You will generally need permission if you want to include all or part of a literary work − such as a poem or short story − in your film, whether the words are spoken by a character or displayed on the screen. However, you are allowed to include such a work if its inclusion is incidental (that is, non-essential, unimportant or in the background).

If you are intending to release your film in another country, you may need specialist legal advice on the extent to which you can rely on the incidental copying exception.

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