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Re: Copyright?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 11th, 2006, 12:33pm »
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First off, song lyrics are certainly protected by copyright.  The real question is whether or not your use is permitted as "fair use".  Depending on how much of the song lyrics you've used (and perhaps the entire song might be ok), a use such as you've described very well may be permitted fair use.
 
That said, conclusions on fair use are rarely clear cut, and the yearbook committee might be more risk averse than in past years.
 
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Re: Copyright?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 11th, 2006, 1:14pm »
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Thank You
I am sure Lee Ann Womack would be honored of this use.  But I don't know where to begin to get copyright privledges in a timely fashion.
I used about 2 stanza's and 2 choruses.  I guess I just don't get it!  This is fair use to me but who am I?
What is the difference if someone sang this song at a wedding?
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Re: Copyright?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 12th, 2006, 7:27am »
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on Dec 11th, 2006, 1:14pm, Lorraine wrote:
What is the difference if someone sang this song at a wedding?

The performance at the wedding is probably licensed (no kidding).
 
Your best bet is probably to try to convince the yearbook committee that the use is fair use.  Google on "copyright fair use" and see if you can find materials to give them.   Maybe they'll see the light.  
 
Now, if the lyrics were by The Clash, I might get involved pro bono . . .  Wink
 
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Re: Copyright?
« Reply #8 on: Dec 13th, 2006, 3:13pm »
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on Dec 13th, 2006, 11:31am, resuccess wrote:
as long as you give the writer credit you should be fine.

That's entirely wrong.
 
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Re: Copyright?
« Reply #9 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 11:05am »
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Contact the agency of the artist:
buddyleeattractions on Google and explain your use. I am not exactly sure how much commerical activity these books have (being from the UK where these things are not that big) but they are, I imagine, of low risk commercially. Save all letters and correspondece to show you have gone to 'reasonable effort' to make the artist aware and its not exactly great PR for a singer to sue over a High School book.
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