Quoting copyrighted material in a tech manual?

Subject: Quoting copyrighted material in a tech manual?
From: Jim Witkin <jameswitkin -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:06:32 +0100

I'm writing a manual that provides a fair amount of context material. For
some of this material, I'm hoping to use excerpts from a published
scientific book (quite well known in the field) which I assume is
copyrighted material. If I provide a footnote and full attribution to the
book and publisher, does that cover me legally? Or will I need to approval
from the publisher to quote the book?

Thanks.


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