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I have purchased a book which contains multiple lists of English vocabulary words.

The book as a whole is copyrighted.

The word lists contains around 1000 words each.I wish to publish a word game(say crossword) ebook based on these vocabulary words.To make a crossword, 15 words will be randomly sampled from a word list.100 cross words will be made covering all words in the list.Crossword ebook will be published with these 100 puzzles.

Questions:

  1. Is it legal to use words from the purchased book to publish a derived work (crosswords here).The word list in the original book will not be listed out as a whole list in my ebook.

  2. Should I give attribution to the purchased book in my ebook?

  3. Can I use 80% of words (not all) in the purchased book without giving attribution?Is it legal.

Jurisdiction:

Case 1: India (say through Online selling platforms like instamojo)

Case 2: global audience (say through gumroad,leanpub etc)

I have seen these posts:

Are Word-Frequency lists copyrightable?

copyright, fair use and online dictionaries/translations/word list

Is a list of the most common English words copyrightable under US law?

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