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I'm putting up an online store, and I thought it would be neat to have a blog about the Grateful Dead. I've put up several YouTube videos and lyrics. It just occurred to me that I could be sued for copyright infringement. Could I be sued? What's the likelihood of that happening?
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Florida. Gainesville to be exact.
JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?
Customer: Nothing has been filed in court. No, I haven't talked to an attorney yet. It just occurred to me this morning.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I can't think of anything
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 6 months ago.


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 and have received scholarship recognition on copyright law issues. I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

You can be sued for posting the lyrics without permission. That is a copyright violation.

You Tube obtains licenses for the videos posted for artists. So if you are simply linking to the YouTube page that is NOT a copyright infringement, Also the Courts have looked at mere simple linking as a protected Fair Use. See this article for more details on this subject:

There are companies that "Troll" the internet looking for infringing material and they make a living bringing infringement actions on behalf of copyright holders. Some of these trolls are scams and some are legitimate. In either case dealing with them is a bit of a nightmare. So if you can avoid the potential infringement you are better off.

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Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 6 months ago.

Of course you could obtain permission from the copyright holder. That is the safest route.

If you are interested in licensing from the Grateful Dead contact:

Sara Nemerov***@******.***
75 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10019(###) ###-####/p>

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