If you make a summary of a specific text book and sell it, is that a copyright infringement?

We will not be quoting the book, just saying it is a summary of the titled book.

Asked on November 23, 2015 under Business Law, Delaware


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A summary is not copyright infringement so long as it is in your own words and does not use any of the text from the book. Copyright protects the author's words (and graphics, charts, pictures, etc.) and not a description (i.e. a summary) of the author's work.

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