Never quote a rock lyric in a book unless you’re rich
David Hewson
19022

You can use titles, but they have to be exact, or you’re in trouble. Titles can’t be copyrighted. You can refer to the song. But think about it another way — wouldn’t you be angry if somebody took a few chunks of your book and used them in theirs without even asking you? That’s called plagiarism.
I’ve written two rock star series. Against my better judgment, the second series all shared titles with rock songs, but that was okay legally. Inside, I made up the lyrics for the band. I have the rights back to the second series, and when it is reissued, it’s likely they’ll have different titles.

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