The hourly fees these guys charge are beyond my shoestring budget. Would I be safe in mentioning only the song title and artist? None of the words of the lyrics would be in my book.
Although not a lawyer, I was under the impression that song titles are not covered under copyright. This is corroborated by one of the Q&A on the following website (whose operators may or may not be lawyers).http://www.songcopyright.org/
[ Since posting this, I found a webpage (whose URL is below this sentence) of the U.S. Copyright Office that confirms that titles cannot be protected by copyright.http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-p ... html#title
However, from what I've read, the matter of citing artists in a novel seems much less clear. ]