Permissions - Songs & Publications

I STRONGLY recommend getting permission to use lyrics from songs covered by copyright.  Failure to do so may result in serious financial consequences. A permissions editor specializes in this area and can be a great help to any author.  

At the very least, an author should familiarize themselves with a basic knowledge of copyright laws and the Fair Use exception. Some websites to start this process:

Links for ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and Public Domain Music

Once you determine the copyright owner of the lyrics (not the music they are set to), you can request permission from them to use the lyrics.

A helpful booklet from the Editorial Freelancers Association member Elsa Peterson:

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