Studying literature has led me to write it, and fair dealing is crucial to my creative writing. One genre of poetry I write is the cento: a poem made of lines from other poems or works. My cento “Shadows the words,” published in the found poetry journal Unlost, is composed of lines from seven different contemporary poems. And my cento about Voyager 2, published in the journal concīs, is composed of excerpted tweets by NASA’s Voyager Twitter account. Without fair dealing, licensing fees to excerpt even single lines from extant published works, especially works of poetry or song lyrics, could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Creative writers and authors need fair dealing no less than educators do.
Writer; Professor of Literary Studies