Thursday, April 30, 2009

When do you have to pay royalties when using song lyrics in poetry/ fiction?

The lyrics are attributed to the bands/ songwriters that wrote them, I was just wondering if I can use any amount of the lyrics and not pay royalties. Once I heard you can use 5 lines without paying as long as you give credit, but I’m not sure I trust the source.

When do you have to pay royalties when using song lyrics in poetry/ fiction?
It aleays says not to be reproduced in anyay shape or form without permission. If it is being used commercially then no not one line without pay because if they let you then they must let everybody. If it is a few lines as a quote then likely OK if it is just used and not for profit. Much material has expired and is now public domain. You really need to check the copyrights in each case.

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