#1
Ok so I'm a musician (well duh) and I just recently finished making my first full cd. I am going to copyright it before I go public with it. I have one issue though. I use a quote from a movie in one of my songs. Do I have to pay a certain fee or something to make sure my ass won't be sued or is it not possible for me to copyright that song at all? I sent this same question to the US Copyright office but that was 3 days ago with still no reply. Any of you know the answer?
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That's not legal, but there is the possibility that no one will do anything about it.
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#3
I think people put quotes in their songs all the time.
I know Elvis used a shakespeare quote in one of his songs.
I think it's safe
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#4
It's 100% legal, it's called fair use
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As long as it isn't from a metallica movie, you should be fine.
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I think people put quotes in their songs all the time.
I know Elvis used a shakespeare quote in one of his songs.
I think it's safe

Shakespeare wouldn't sue him, couldn't anyway, after your dead for 70 years in most cases your work becomes public domain.
#8
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You'll probably need to pay royalties to the production company who hold the rights to that movie.

KEdit: Do you mean a sound-bite from the movie, or you just quote it in song-form?


I took the whole sound clip and just put it in. It's only like 10 seconds at the most.. For those who are wondering its the Holy Hand Grenade quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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#9
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I think people put quotes in their songs all the time.
I know Elvis used a shakespeare quote in one of his songs.
I think it's safe

Shakespeare is in the common domain, no one has the copyright to his works. Movies on the other hand...
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#10
For a sound file:
I think if the film is a certain age it doesn't matter.. unless you're talking about a recent one.
Then you should email the appropriate company and state you'll list the film details on the CD or booklet or cover etc.
Chances are you'll not get a slap on the wrist, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Unless you mean you're singing the quote.. in which case it's fairplay and do what you want.
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#11
When a copyright is registered for example a "work" (movie) it is for the work as a whole, not the quote you took out.
Hence you can use the quote/soundbyte legally as it is only a small part of the whole
You wouldn't be using enough of it to constitute infringement
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When a copyright is registered for example a "work" (movie) it is for the work as a whole, not the quote you took out.
Hence you can use the quote/soundbyte legal as it is only a small part of the whole
You would'nt be using enough of it to constitute infringement



This, your good and safe as long as its not very long. Its a pretty common thing for metal bands to use movie excerpts for intros and what-not.
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#13
Sodom used a quote from 'Apocalypse Now' in their song Napalm In The Morning.
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The safest place was not her arms, but her eyes
Where she can't see you
For her gaze, it blisters;
Grey skin to cinders
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Shakespeare wouldn't sue him, couldn't anyway, after your dead for 70 years in most cases your work becomes public domain.

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I took the whole sound clip and just put it in. It's only like 10 seconds at the most.. For those who are wondering its the Holy Hand Grenade quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail



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