I have a dilemma, which accounts for my failure to write yesterday. After my initial permission request from Zondervan, I received another email Monday explaining the Permission Guidelines. As long as excerpts did not exceed 10% of my content, and as long as Shane Hipps's book Flickering Pixels (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009) was properly attributed, I was cleared to write. As an aspiring author (shameless plug), I didn't want to violate copyright laws.
The follow up email came from a different representative at Zondervan. The details in the second email were modified and more stringent. My citations are limited to 500 words, and I cannot publish my blog in an anthology without prior, written permission. The correspondent also mentioned a licensing fee.
You can imagine my horror and surprise. I'm not sure which email to believe. I would post them both here and ask for some legal interpretation, but the medium and the message came with a confidentiality notice at the bottom.
So here I am, caught between a promise (daily blogs for 17 chapters) and a law (500 words). Sadly, I did the math and counted 577 from Hipps, still with 5 chapters lingering. What is a poor pastor to do?
Do I stop reviewing? Do I edit earlier posts? Do I march forward, using no quotations but obscene paraphrase? Do I procure a contraband stock of Shane Hipps's Flickering Pixels (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009) books that I can sell on the black market to pay for license fees and jail bonds?
I guess I'll just suggest you buy the book directly from Zondervan (bulk orders receive a discount!). I don't think they can punish me for that. Perhaps they'll even give me a cubicle in their Marketing Department.