I have heard that publishing 'short' quotes is generally lawful. What if I have for example, 1000 recognizable quotes from a 10 year running series? (I'd imagine it's the 'weight' of the quote, not the quantity)?
I have noticed that other quote oriented fan websites include a 'standard' disclaimer:
"'TV Show' TM & (C) XYZ Corp. All rights reserved.
mytvshowexample.com, its operators, and any images and quotes contained on this site relating to "TV Show" are not authorized by XYZ Corp."
Does that actually do anything to limit liability?
What if I wanted to make my quotes database available for free for anyone who wanted to use it, i.e. (distributing that database)?
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the publicity others vigorously defend their right to their material. Basically you are putting on the internet work from others without their license or permission, This is not wise, I would suggest you write to the show''s producers and see what they have to say. They may grant you a license for a small fee, They may also come after you for ten years of infringement.
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Reproducing a sizable number of quotes is no longer the protected conduct of reproducing a lone (or small number) of quotes from one source. You're very deliberately reproducing a sizable body of work that is owned by the production company that created the television show. In short, compiling 1000 quotes from a single source and then making that compilation available to others most certainly infringes the copyright owner's copyright in that body of work. A "disclaimer" does nothing to mitigate that liability. In short, without permission from the copyright owner your plan is very, very likely unlawful.
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