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Old 05-11-2018, 11:57 AM
alnico5 alnico5 is offline
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I wrote a song recently in which I quoted a single line from the song of a famous band I admire. I did it as homage to them. Is this a bad idea? I don't want to accused of stealin' stuff......
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Old 05-11-2018, 04:55 PM
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If your song doesn't depend on it, you ought to be OK, IMO. It might depend on how distinctive and recognisable it is - how much it's identified with that band. How many people are going to hear your song and say "oh that line's stolen from [x]!"
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:09 PM
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Seems to me some lines contribute more to a song than others.

There are probably scores of poems and songs throughout history with the line "I want to hold your hand", but I wouldn't use it now because it's a well known title line.

I have the impression that plagiarism has this general definition : Exact copying of a "recognized" string of five or more words WITHOUT GIVING CREDIT to the originator.

Of course, now you have to define "recognized". It'd be easier just to give the credit....
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