Someone (not a particularly famous person,) said something during a podcast that I found would make a good quote, used in my upcoming book.

Do I need to get permission from the speaker or the podcast host?

I am pretty sure I don't, but wanted to make sure.

Is it considered bad form if I don't notify the speaker that I am quoting him in my book? The quote and subject matter are not controversial.

  • If you'd like, you can paraphrase the quote, and then skip attributing whoever said it. This sounds like it might be less complicated.
    – user613
    Oct 11, 2021 at 10:01
  • That's one option - but the name of the person give the quote more context and impact.
    – CJ Cornell
    Oct 11, 2021 at 20:56
  • Good quotes have often been passed around. Google it, and see if it has a historic origin. If the quote is really old, you might be in the clear (but citing the original source is still the correct etiquette).
    – DWKraus
    Oct 11, 2021 at 22:44
  • Thanks - but the quote(s) I am looking at, are merely insightful for a particular industry - not a timeless quote that would be found on the internet. And the person who uttered the insightful sentence, their name would lend some weight to the credibility of the quote.
    – CJ Cornell
    Oct 13, 2021 at 15:49

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I'm not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. However,

If it's words on a podcast, then they've already put it out in public. Give attribution, e.g. in a footnote, and you should be good.

Now, a photo or illustration might be different. I'd probably ask permission (and I did, for one of the pictures in here).

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