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song lyrics on merchandise Copyright

Discussion in 'Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law' started by Dan P, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. Dan P

    Dan P Law Topic Starter Guest

    Jurisdiction:
    Tennessee
    I am wanting to place the first line of a song on a piece of merchandise to sell (for example - "look at them yo yo's" from the song Money for Nothin' by Dire Straits).

    My question is threefold:

    First, can I use a singular lyric in this manner if I make NO MENTION of the song title and/or artist either on the merchandise itself or on any medium (like a website) promoting the sale of the item?

    Second, can I use a singular lyric in this manner if the song title and/or artist IS referenced either on the item itself or on any medium promoting the sale of the item?

    Third, does the referencing of the song title and/or the artist make me more likely or less likely to be liable to copyright infringement?

    Thanks!
     
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