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Tom Hicks
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Copyright Lyrics Only? No Melody
« on: May 11th, 2004, 3:16pm »
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Is it possible to copyright lyrics only without a melody? I need to have some protection for my work before I start showing it around to find a collaborator. Any help would be appreciated.
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bluebluejay
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Re: Copyright Lyrics Only? No Melody
« Reply #1 on: May 11th, 2004, 5:26pm »
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i believe copyright comes automatically when a piece of literary work is fixed (aka written down). lyrics (even those with melodies) are protected separately from their melodies as literary works (melodies as musical works). so yes, your lyrics will be under protection of copyright.
 
im speaking as a UK law student studying intellectual property law please feel free to correct me. my opinions do not reflect that of my lecturers nor university. cheers.
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Re: Copyright Lyrics Only? No Melody
« Reply #2 on: May 12th, 2004, 11:22am »
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In the US, copyright protection begins when the work (even just lyrics) is fixed in a tangible medium (ie written down). However, before you show your work around, you should strongly consider registering your work. Registration affords you certain benefits that you otherwise do not receive.
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Re: Copyright Lyrics Only? No Melody
« Reply #3 on: May 13th, 2004, 4:47am »
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Dear Tom,
 
The answer is yes, but what you need and preagreement with the collaborator before you even get to the copyright.
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Re: Copyright Lyrics Only? No Melody
« Reply #4 on: May 24th, 2004, 7:59pm »
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If I were to take a lyric from a popular song (6 words) and  put it on a paper plate, would I need permission?
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