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Copyright on lyrics

GettingThere

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Dec 3, 2007
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For the business my wife is creating, I would like to know the limitations regarding the use of song lyrics within a product she will sell. She is basically creating personalized items that sometimes incorporate lyrics from songs that apply to the theme of the item.

Does anyone know (directly) if this is alright to do without getting permission for use of the lyrics? If not, do you know of any sources that outline this subject? I haven't found much specific info.

Thanks,

John
 

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GettingThere

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Dec 3, 2007
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Central Florida
Thanks for the info. I had a feeling they took it seriously when using lyrics 'for profit', which is why I wanted to be sure.

I appreciate the links!
 

Megan H

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Nov 26, 2007
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Hi,

Generally (very generally) speaking, when you incorporate someone else's work into a product, there is a question of permission if it's for resale. If I paint a skateboard for myself and use copyrighted characters, like Spider Man, in my design it's not a problem - as long as it's for me, and my own personal use. But if I started selling my designer skateboards, then I'll be hearing from Marvel unless I have permission ahead of time.

If you're interested, here's a great site (http://www.tabberone.com/) that details one company's struggles with creating products using copyrighted images.

Megan H
 

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