rachelbolansnosechain asked: Is it okay if I quote song lyrics in my writings or will I be infringing the copyright/trademark law?
The short answer to your question is maybe. This is a maybe leaning toward yes if you don’t plan on making money from your writing, and it’s a maybe leaning toward no if you are. It’s also a maybe which is conditional on the song in question, the length of the quote, and who owns the rights to the song.
A longer, slightly off-topic answer to your question may be found here:
It is important to note that song lyrics are not technically covered under the laws of fair use because song lyrics, like poems, can be very short. Quoting just a few lines from a song may be proportional to quoting a few chapters from a novel. Since song titles cannot be protected by copyright law, you may use them in your writing (e.g. Clarissa danced to “Lonely Boy” by the Black Keys.), but that’s about as far as you can stretch the law before you start edging into a dangerous gray area.
The rule of thumb most people go with is that it’s okay to quote two lines or less of a standard three-verses-and-a-chorus length song as long is they are properly attributed to the artist. That is, of course, unless the people who own the rights to the song tell you differently. Oh, you didn’t contact the people who own the rights to the song before you published? I hope you packed your lawsuit shoes!
If you want to protect yourself and respect the rights of the copyright holder (as you would want others to respect your copyrighted material), then you need to get permission to quote song lyrics.
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