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Is it illegal to put a song in a play I write?

Is it illegal to put a song in a play I write? Topic: Case student email
June 20, 2019 / By Syd
Question: I'm writing a play, and I really want to put a song by Evanescence in it. I believe it's copyright, but it would be so perfect! So I want to know if it's illegal or copyright to put a song owned by an artist in a student written play. And if so, what if I give the artist credit? Thanks so much :)
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Paul Paul | 7 days ago
You will have to get the artist's permission to use the song in your play and if you ever make a profit from this play some of it in royalties to that artist. In some situations it is legal to play a small portion of a song, generally about 30 seconds, without the permission of the artist. But just to be safe it is best to go ahead and ask them for permission. If it is just a student written play for a project or something of that nature, something not profit driven, it is usually fairly easy to get permission. If they do say ok, be sure to keep a copy of the email, letter, or whatever in which they say ok. This for legal purposes just in case anything were to go wrong. Copyrights are tricky so you may consider checking if you state has any specific laws concerning song use, wouldnt want any legal trouble.
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Paul Originally Answered: Is it illegal to put a song in a play I write?
You will have to get the artist's permission to use the song in your play and if you ever make a profit from this play some of it in royalties to that artist. In some situations it is legal to play a small portion of a song, generally about 30 seconds, without the permission of the artist. But just to be safe it is best to go ahead and ask them for permission. If it is just a student written play for a project or something of that nature, something not profit driven, it is usually fairly easy to get permission. If they do say ok, be sure to keep a copy of the email, letter, or whatever in which they say ok. This for legal purposes just in case anything were to go wrong. Copyrights are tricky so you may consider checking if you state has any specific laws concerning song use, wouldnt want any legal trouble.

Lorne Lorne
It doesn't matter who wrote the play, if you are going to perform it and it contains work written or recorded etc. by someone else, whether its a song, a recording, a poem etc. you must get permission from the copyright holder (unless, of course, the song was public domain). Crediting the artist is neither here nor there - that would be like steeling a car but telling someone you gave a lift to that it belonged to... John Doe or whoever!
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Jaydon Jaydon
Ask your instructor or the producer at the record label of the artist that wrote the song. Just like there are rules for writing papers in school and giving proper credit for your quotations and books or journals used to obtain all information, I am sure there is a proper way to notate the song you did not write in the program at least, in the play you did write.
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Gail Gail
hey, if its in a school play, you can use it as long as you give credit on paper (play panplet) and its ok, if your doing a big movie then you need direct permission
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Gail Originally Answered: If I were to write a song? How can I go about it?
What style? Rock, country,etc.? Need a refrain. Country seems to have more words, and tell a story. Here is a wordy, cool tune, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS0CV_GWE...

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