Copyright/Fair Use Advice
I am creating a website called TalkWits.com. It is an educational social media site.
The website will involve collecting "sparks" of information from various sources in order to assist researchers. In doing so, the site's content creators and users will be quoting outside sources, such as articles, blogs, books, stories, etc. These works are copyrighted and I am wondering if my website will run into any Fair Use issues.
>>All quotes will have proper citations, crediting the author and/or the company
>>No quote will exceed more than 250 words or 10% of the given work
>>The site, while educational, is commercial (it will have ads)
I need legal advice here, telling me if my website will follow USA Copyright regulations.
I see there are commercial sites (http://www.goodreads.com and http://www.sparknotes.com) that quotes copyrighted books. And I often see commercial blogs quoting other commercial works.
Some of the sites which will be quoted include: ABC News, BBC News Online, CBS News, FOXNews, Google News, Guardian Unlimited, MSNBC, News Link, New York Times, Reuters, The Associated Press, Time.com, USATODAY.com, and Yahoo! News.
Also: NPR.com, National Geographic, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, Scientific America, Fortune, Discovery News, Forbes, Live Science, Business Insider, The Motley Fool, and Bloomberg
Then also blogs such as Mental Floss and How Stuff Works.
**The final deliverable here will be:
1) Telling me if the site's policies will be legally sound (referring to specific copyright regulations)
2) If some sources will be allowed and some won't, doing the research about the different policies for the different sites and letting me know the rules of each. (If it it comes to this, I will give you a list of websites to research, and we can modify the project terms as needed).
3) If the rules of my website need to be modified, helping me make these modifications so the website is legally sound.
Thanks. I am hoping to get an answer on this as soon as possible. I have been browsing the web and have seen various opinions, some saying we can't quote any copyrighted material, some saying we are allowed to quote copyrighted material if it constitutes Fair Use (typically less than 10% of the work). I am looking for a more definitive answer.