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Offline Jonathan Hill
21 Aug 2016, 07:56 PM | Post: #1

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Advice please!

Am I allowed to quote song lyrics as a piece of front matter if I credit the artist directly after?

Thanks in advance!
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21 Aug 2016, 08:54 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Song lyrics

Legally, no.

In reality, the chances of a self-published author being sued by a music publisher for breach of copyright are super-small. But if someone tells on you (I believe that is the correct legal term), you could be given detention (more legalese, sorry).
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21 Aug 2016, 09:01 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Song lyrics

(21 Aug 2016 07:56 PM)Jonathan Hill Wrote: Wrote:  Advice please!

Am I allowed to quote song lyrics as a piece of front matter if I credit the artist directly after?

Thanks in advance!
How much of the song?
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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
21 Aug 2016, 09:37 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Song lyrics

This post was last modified: 21 Aug 2016 09:37 PM by Mads Sorensen.
David is right. In short, if your book becomes a hit, you could be in trouble. A song title is OK.

Think hard about the value the lyrics add. It may not be as much as you think.
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Offline Jonathan Hill
21 Aug 2016, 09:47 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Song lyrics

Thanks, people. I knew I could rely on KUF.

It's about four lines of a song and encapsulates the theme of my book perfectly but I won't bother as I intend for my book to hit the big time, and it will be well-known in all the famous circles... and so I will certainly be open to high-profile law suits.

Ahem.
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