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    Default Can You Use a Song Title As a Book Title

    This question has two parts. The song "Another One Bites the Dust" is a song by the English rock band Queen (1980).
    Part 1: I want to use this title “Another One Bites the Dust” for a novel
    Part 2: In the story the lyrics to this song are heard playing over the radio and I want to put four or five lines of the lyric into the story. The main characters hears the lyrics and states that He “never cared for this song”

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    Default Re: Song Title As Book Title

    the title; no problem as titles cannot be copyrighted.

    the rest; may or may not be a problem. It is going to depend on whether your limited use would fall under a fair use exception and how active Queen is in protecting their copyrights. Even if it isn't infringing, that doesn't mean Queen wouldn't initiate proceedings to sue you for infringement either to stop your use if you are using them legally or without knowing whether you have breached the undefined limit of what is infringing.

    Is there some reason you couldn't just refer to the song being played rather than citing lyrics from the song?

    here is an article from the copyright office on fair use.

    http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html

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