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From: Greg M  Johnson
Subject: New copyright twist... song titles
Date: 28 Jul 2004 23:38:11
Message: <41087123$1@news.povray.org>
I'm considering making an anim which is heavily inspired by a singer's
trademark song.  I'll certainly make no use of sound.  But how much trouble
is there in:

1) Naming my anim after the song title?
2) Basing the plot content on words in the song??


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From: John VanSickle
Subject: Re: New copyright twist... song titles
Date: 29 Jul 2004 00:58:41
Message: <41088401$1@news.povray.org>
Greg M. Johnson wrote:

> I'm considering making an anim which is heavily inspired by a singer's
> trademark song.  I'll certainly make no use of sound.  But how much trouble
> is there in:
> 
> 1) Naming my anim after the song title?

Zilch.  The songwriter does not own a copyright on the words that make
up the title.  You can write another *song* with the same title without
violating the original artist's copyright.  F'rinstance, both the
Association and Kool & the Gang have songs named "Cherish."  A lawsuit
over the second use would only have needlessly enriched a couple of
lawyers.

> 2) Basing the plot content on words in the song??

Zilch.  The songwriter does not own a copyright on everything that
can be inspired by the song, and there are quite possibly many songs
that could have inspired the same animation.

Regards,
John


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From: =Bob=
Subject: Re: New copyright twist... song titles
Date: 5 Sep 2004 08:49:30
Message: <413b0b5a@news.povray.org>
"John VanSickle" <evi### [at] hotmailcom> wrote in message
news:41088401$1@news.povray.org...
: > 1) Naming my anim after the song title?
:
: Zilch.  The songwriter does not own a copyright on the words that make
: up the title.

There is an exception to that. If the title contains a
large enough portion of the lyrics from the song, the
title will be protected as well. Example:

I Got Tears in My Ears From Lying on My Back While I Cry Over You

=Bob=


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