Fair Use

Fair Dealing or Fair Use

There are certain circumstances where you may be allowed to copy extracts from copyright works without permission and these circumstances are set out in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This is called fair dealing in the UK and fair use in the USA.

Fair dealing or fair use is a guideline we generally follow but in certain circumstances Faber will give you permission to copy extracts from our copyright works that may go beyond that allowed under fair dealing: however, Faber makes the final decision (it is a guideline, not a law). If we judge the amount of quoted material to be excessive, we can charge. Our guidelines are as follows:

If a publication is for a purely academic market and for ‘the purposes of criticism or review’, we allow:

  • the quotation of 10 lines, or multiple extracts up to 25 lines, dispersed throughout your work from an individual poem without charge, providing that this does not constitute over 25 per cent of the poem. Please note: an ‘individual’ poem does not include book-long poems such as The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot or Omeros by Derek Walcott. These are treated like a play (see below). A long poem with several parts is treated as if each part, e.g. ‘Little Gidding IV’, is an individual poem
  • up to 250 words of prose, or multiple extracts up to 800 words, dispersed throughout your work. In a collection of essays, it is treated as 250 words per essay
  • up to 18 lines of a play/book poem, or multiple extracts up to 70 lines, dispersed throughout your work.

Please note that to qualify as an academic publication, a book must have a total print run of 500 or fewer in hardback, or 1,500 or fewer in paperback. Otherwise, we reserve the right to charge full Trade rates.

The Society of Authors sets out its guidelines on its website but ultimately, the decision is the publisher’s and we reserve the right to charge if we believe the aggregate amount of material quoted is substantial enough to do so.

The following does not fall within these guidelines. Epigraphs, use of our material in non-‘criticism or review’ such as fiction, anything that isn’t print rights, and previously unpublished material.