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Author Topic: Using a book for inspiration for a song  (Read 598 times)

ThornRage

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Using a book for inspiration for a song
« on: 01-08-17 at 05:51 am »

I'm a singer/songwriter who just recently began copyrighting and publishing my original work on youtube.

I just finished reading an autobiography by Bruce Springsteen and near the end of one of the chapters he wrote something I found very thoughtful and deep. I took those few sentences and in some parts paraphrased and in a few verses it is almost word for word.

Those who I have played it for say it is a very moving song and I want to copyright and publish it. However, I cannot find anywhere online if what I wrote would be considered copyright infringement.

Anyone know?

Thanks!
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Smokin

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Re: Using a book for inspiration for a song
« Reply #1 on: 01-08-17 at 11:19 am »

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I took those few sentences and in some parts paraphrased

A great resource for musicians interested in learning more about IP.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtistsHouseMusic

http://www.artistshousemusic.org/

Quotes are not protected by copyright, but quoting from books excessively can be. The transformative nature of using a quote from a book to an original song works very strongly in your favor that it is "fairuse" if someone wanted to claim they any had rights to it.

https://janefriedman.com/permissions/

In short: No, its not copyright infringment
« Last Edit: 01-08-17 at 11:41 am by Smokin »
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