The 1886 Berne Convention first established recognition of copyrights among sovereign nations, rather than merely bilaterally. Under the Berne Convention, copyrights for creative works do not have to be asserted or declared, as they are automatically in force at creation: an author need not "register" or "apply for" a copyright in countries adhering to the Berne Convention.
The UK signed the Berne Convention in 1887 but did not implement large parts of it until 100 years later with the passage of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988.
...As William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) lived and died long before the Copyright Act even came into being, none of his writings would be covered by it !
Even if it was, as the default length of copyright for many works is generally the life of the author plus either 50 or 70 years, in most of the world, you are free to use his quotes for free.
go right ahead back in his day they didnt have copyright and no one can copyright it now so ur fine. you can quote as much as u want with no fear
You should never quote someone without naming him or her. It's just a matter of respecting his/her work.
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