Trademark News & Screw-ups Uh Oh: Writer Suing Chelsea Clinton for Copyright Violation

As much as I'd like to gloat over Clinton's predicament, this lawsuit doesn't appear to be very strong. Ideas for books are not protectable by copyright. The idea of having a book with inspirational quotes is hardly original. The fact that there is some overlapping in the quotes is to be expected. Neither Christopher Janes Kimberley, nor Chelsea Clinton own the quotes they use in their respective books. They are allowed to use those quotes through the fair use doctrine. The only copyright ownership would apply to the selection and arrangement of such quotes. And using 3 quotes is probably not sufficient to prove that Clinton infringed copyright.

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