Copyright, Calendars and Holiday Definitions

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  • Hello!

    I have a question about holiday definitions.

    I am creating a humorous Jewish Calendar, and including a glossary of terms at the bottom of each month.

    I am defining holidays such as Hanukkah, Purim, etc., and foods such as "challah," or "matzoh," etc.

    I combined my knowledge and the information I read in books & websites to make concise definitions for this calendar.
    Could I get in any kind of trouble for copyright infringement?

    Thanks so much!
  • The information about when each holiday occurs is non-copyrightable. But if you are quoting your definitions of the holidays, the foods, and so on from another specific source, the specific phrasing may be copyrighted by the original author. Short quotes from various sources may be safe, but you should run a four factors of fair use analysis if you plan to do this. If you are putting together your own humorous definitions from general knowledge and writing them yourself, then your own expression is copyrighted by you.

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