Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Intellectual Property Law

I have a book idea but am not sure if it would be a

Customer Question
copyright violation. It would be...
I have a book idea but am not sure if it would be a copyright violation. It would be a compilation of select song lyrics from a band that I love. Obviously, this is their copyrighted material, but there are plenty of websites (including google) that catalog song lyrics with no apparent legal issues. Is there a difference?
Thanks,
Cliff
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Intellectual Property Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Intellectual Property Law Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
6/7/2016
IP Lawyer: Gerald-Esquire, Lawyer replied 1 year ago
Gerald-Esquire
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Satisfied Customers: 4,303
Experience: 30 years of experience.
Verified

Hello:

Please bear with me while I verify somethings for you.

Kind regards,

Gerald

Ask Your Own Intellectual Property Law Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Ok, thanks. Take your time!
IP Lawyer: Gerald-Esquire, Lawyer replied 1 year ago

Hello,

Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience. I also happen to be a published author. I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

I am afraid that much of what I can tell you may not be what you want to hear. BUT that does not mean that you can not pursue your project, or if not this project another one. So don't give up.

What you are describing is referred to under Copyright law as a compilation. The compilation of another persons copyrighted work is generally viewed as infringing. The best way for you to pursue your project is to seek permission from the current copyright holder of the lyrics.

The area of law that addresses when one may and may not use another's work without permission is referred to as "Fair Use." Without getting to deep into the weeds a fair use is allowed for certain kinds of uses of another person's work. What Google and other search engines do is create indexes that may be searched. The creation of these searchable databases have been determined to be a fair use under the US Copyright Laws. See: Authors Guild v. Google, Inc., No. 13-4829 (2d Cir. 2015).

These links helps describe how copyrights work and may be useful to you:

http://digital-law-online.info/lpdi1.0/treatise6.html

https://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/copypol2.html

This link contains examples of cases where the Fair Use issue has been addressed:

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/cases/

Take a look at the Twin Peaks case because that is a close example to what you are discussing.

Here is a link to the law:

http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html

I understand that this information may not be what you had hoped to hear. BUT I would not want to mislead you into taking actions that could cause you difficulty down the road.

I hope the information I provide is useful to you. I want you to be comfortable and satisfied with my attempt to assist you. Please, if you have ANY follow up questions, feel free to ask. Please note that I am generally unavailable Friday evening through Sunday.

Please do not forget to give me a positive rating. It adds nothing to your costs but it helps me greatly. Thank you.

If you are dissatisfied with my response PLEASE let me know before giving me a negative review so that I may try to be of better assistance. Or if you prefer, let me know and I can “Opt Out” and your question can be re-posted without additional cost to you. I will be fair to you and only ask the same from you.

Good luck.

Please note: Information is educational and not given as legal advice. Only your local attorney can give legal advice. I can't establish or accept an attorney-client relationship with you. All posts are available for public viewing.

Kind regards,

Gerald

Ask Your Own Intellectual Property Law Question
Ask Gerald-Esquire Your Own Question
Gerald-Esquire
Gerald-Esquire
Gerald-Esquire, Lawyer
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Satisfied Customers: 4,303
4,303 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 30 years of experience.

Gerald-Esquire is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Alex Reese

Alex Reese

Lawyer

3,106 satisfied customers

Experienced in intellectual property law

Robert McEwen, Esq.

Robert McEwen, Esq.

Lawyer

848 satisfied customers

Licensed Texas General Practice Attorney

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

561 satisfied customers

I assist my clients with IP questions that arise in their daily course of doing business.

Thomas Swartz

Thomas Swartz

Lawyer

459 satisfied customers

Twenty one years experience as a lawyer in New York and New Jersey. Former Appellate Law Clerk.

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

450 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney in private practice.

Wilton A. Person

Wilton A. Person

Lawyer

352 satisfied customers

MBA, Experienced and Knowledgeable in Intellectual Property Law

BartEsq

BartEsq

Researcher

192 satisfied customers

Juris Doctor

< Previous | Next >

Related Intellectual Property Law Questions
I just finished my 1st cd that i need to get copyrighted
I just finished my 1st cd that i need to get copyrighted asap and trademark my record label's name.how much will the copyright&trademark cost and to start doing shows,selling c.d.s,etc... legally what… read more
Alex Reese
Alex Reese
Lawyer
JD
3,106 satisfied customers
A Californian artist has infringed a copyrighted photograph
A Californian artist has infringed a copyrighted photograph of mine published in a book in 1994. She copied my photograph without authorisation, without credit and without payment. Her website indicat… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
I am looking for an literary/copyright attorney to represent
I am looking for an literary/copyright attorney to represent me against a very well known music artist. My complaint is.... I worked on this persons autobiography for 4 years compiling stories and int… read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
I have a question regarding the trademarks and copyright of
I have a question regarding the trademarks and copyright of Adobe Systems, Inc. I understand that their name, "Adobe" is a trademark, and the question I have is, would it be an infringement upon Adobe… read more
Alex Reese
Alex Reese
Lawyer
JD
3,106 satisfied customers
If I want to revise a copyright, can I use the electronic
If I want to revise a copyright, can I use the electronic Copyright Office [eCO] or do I have to use the regular form?… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
Re: copyright infringement. The company who created and
Re: copyright infringement. The company who created and hosts my business website used an image on my site, which was taken from a disk that was public domain. I received notification from a company (… read more
Roger
Roger
Litigation Attorney
Doctoral Degree
26,807 satisfied customers
I just made my own website and put a 2017 copyright symbol
I just made my own website and put a 2017 copyright symbol at the bottom of the page is that sufficient or do I have to register the website. If so, how much does it cost? … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,921 satisfied customers
I have a copyright on "let there be light" can the new movie
I have a copyright on "let there be light" can the new movie use my title? Book and movie are about religion … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,921 satisfied customers
What constitutes copyright infringement? If I find someone
What constitutes copyright infringement? If I find someone else's explanation answer to a question, and I read that explanation, and then develop my own explanation perhaps with different wording will… read more
Alex Reese
Alex Reese
Lawyer
JD
3,106 satisfied customers
Copyright lawyer. I am giving a talk and preparing a
This question is for a copyright lawyer. I am giving a talk and preparing a powerpoint presentation. I found an image on the internet I want to use to illustrate a point. When searching for the image,… read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
886 satisfied customers
I authored a novel in 1982. I own the copyright. There was
I authored a novel in 1982. I own the copyright. There was some trouble with the publisher, which bankrupted one division. My copyright attorney at that time negotiated an agreement that they would no… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,921 satisfied customers
I went through Legal Zoom for copyright and Trademark
Hello, I went through Legal Zoom for copyright and Trademark protection on my patent pending product. The U,S,P.T.O. approved "Life" on my submission for "Life Head Gear". … read more
Robert McEwen, Esq.
Robert McEwen, Esq.
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
848 satisfied customers
Do you handles the copyright violation case in the little
Hi Pearl, do you handles the copyright violation case in the little rock, AR … read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
This question concerns trademark/copyright of street
This question concerns trademark/copyright of street photography. Hello. I live in Austin, TX. I have been working on a street photography project in which I shoot recognizable local businesses and si… read more
Gerald-Esquire
Gerald-Esquire
Lawyer
4,303 satisfied customers
Can I claim fair use on a blog photo I hotlinked? The
Can I claim fair use on a blog photo I hotlinked? The photographer failed to protect copyright by having the image plastered all over the web and some photos even have ownership claim conflicts (water… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
FOR BILL ATTORNEY - Bill, is it within fair use to mention a
FOR BILL ATTORNEY - Bill, is it within fair use to mention a couple names of authors and the titles of their books?: Now I understand many authors in search of the t***** *****ke.... such and such and… read more
Thelawman2
Thelawman2
Doctoral Degree
1,240 satisfied customers
Is it legal to adapt to adapt something (copyrighted) for
Is it legal to adapt to adapt something (copyrighted) for use in a sale conference. For example, adapting "Back to the Future" for a once day seminar for a supermarket sales conference. … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
I have a question about literature copyright, fair use. I am
Hi I have a question about literature copyright, fair use. I am an author, and I know that it's fairly common that books contain an epigraph (quoting another author or poet's works), however I am not … read more
Gerald-Esquire
Gerald-Esquire
Lawyer
4,303 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x