When you’re writing a novel, it is tempting to include thing like song lyrics and lines from movies, after all, if the line is well known it can be an excellent and concise way for you to make your point without having to spend pages and pages explaining it. You should know that it can also get you into serious trouble with copyright attorneys.
In addition to not being able to use recognized information, you should also know that certain characters and names are also considered a trademark and cannot be used in your book unless you’ve been given special permission.
When you’re trying to write something and are unable to use the information you want, it is very easy for you to get frustrated with the copyright attorney who’s making it difficult for you to include the material you know will make the story perfect. What you need to keep in mind is that while it’s easy to get frustrated with the copyright lawyer, you must remember that after your book is published, they will being doing you a favor. The same laws currently preventing you from printing the lines you wish to use will be the exact same laws which will prevent others from using your words after the book is published. The only way the lines you write will be able to be used for websites, fanfiction, and advertising slogans is if you give your consent.
If your heart is set on using some bit of copy written material in your novel, it is in your best interest to have contact some trademark attorneys. They will be able to advise you on the correct process of going about how to contact the individuals who own the copy right and asking for permission to use it in your novel. If you’re granted permission, you will want to have the trademark attorneys go over everything with you. More than one author has assumed they were granted permission to use an entire song in their book, only to later learn that they were really only given permission to use one or two lines. Your copyright and trademark attorney…