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PostPosted: March 26th, 2011, 9:53 pm 
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New to your forum and need some advise:

I am currently writing my second in series suspense novel. Back when the first draft was developed
a song title and some lyrics were used in text of this novel. Due to changes in our present day
copyright laws, can anyone tell me if the use of a song title is allowed if, you give credit to who
wrote the song, and, how many words of the song could be used without having to pay royalties
to the song artist. Back when I came up with this novel idea you could use up to four words.

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PostPosted: March 30th, 2011, 9:32 am 
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For royalties, it depends on whether the song is in the public domain or not. If it's not, you could find yourself paying several thousand dollars. I would either paraphrase the song or check with a lawyer to see what could be done.

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PostPosted: March 30th, 2011, 5:33 pm 
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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.


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2011, 8:06 pm 
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dmsimonds wrote:
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. ]

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Was trying to look it up for you, but didn't find anything concrete. It seems like you can use the title of a song in your book. Hope you do find a lawyer friend who can help you out with this though. Wish you luck!

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