So I was doing a last run through of my short stories and got to the last story and stopped. I had worried about it before but then decided it would be fine. I’m not so sure now.
The story is based on the lyrics of a well known song. There isn’t really much of a story in the song itself while my story is complex and might have bit of magic. Maybe. Very, very different from any story in the song itself. And yet, it is there. I never quote whole lines of the song (except a couple of key words here and there) and usually just paraphrased the song. At the end of the story I give the song writers credit. Before I put in that credit tag I had someone say they loved the story but there were too many cute cliches. I told them the song I used, they went back, read it and laughed – that is were the cliches came from!
So, if I take a song and spread it out through a story, creating my own story that is very different from the story of the song, and never directly quote the song, do I have to have permission from the song’s owner to use it? Can they sue me if I don’t? When it was on my blog I didn’t worry about it since I’m not making a penny from it, but if it is in a book of short stories? Hmmm.
As i said, early on I worried a little, but then I decided I should be fine if I give credit where credit is due. I know if I quote the song I have to have permission, but I don’t, so I felt fine. But now I’m down to the wire, just about ready to click “Publish” and am getting nervous about it. The story just rounds out the book so well, I want it in there! But I do not want to be sued….
So, what do you think? I will NOT hold anybody liable for their opinions! All decisions are mine, I’m just curious on what people think.