Tue 31 Jan, 2017 12:41 pm
Say I’m getting quotes from someone. She asks me what publication is the article for. I tell her it’s intended for publication X.
She goes ahead and gives me some quotes.
I complete my article. But publication X decides they don’t want my article.
However, publication Y is interested in my article.
Do I now have to tell my source that there’s been a change in plans and that the article with her quotes is going into publication Y ?
And do I have to get her approval ?
I'd say no. And it was wrong of her to ask what publication you were going to originally use, IMO.
Why did she ask? Was she going to censor your writing?
At least give her the courtesy of knowing the quotes will be in a different publication. I don't know about any legal issues which might arise, that is likely something which you should take up with the people at the publication which plans to publish.
Start by talking to her. Let her know there has been a change.
There may be a reason she doesn't want her work in Publication Y. If that is the case, you will have to let Publication Y know that you don't have the author's permission to use the quotes. They will run it past their legal department.
I'm with Beth on this, it may not make a difference, but you should let her know even if it's just a matter of common courtesy.