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August 21, 2009

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I am writing a book of experimental fiction that updates the ancient form of the "cento." The book consists entirely of footnoted material. For each story, I've used the archives of one particular on-line journal (so nothing has actually been in print). The sentences and fragments that I've used appear as they were originally written, which is to say that I have avoided adding to and/or cutting them down in any way. While I have sometimes used more than one sentence from a single-authored text, at no point have I used back-to-back sentences without inserting other sentences between them. Of course, each sentence is properly footnoted.

As the book consists of thousands upon thousands of sentences, it is obviously impossible for me to obtain written permission from every single writer. Am I stuck or do you think I can claim fair use since, again, no two sentences every appear back-to-back?

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