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  • What is legal to be mentioned in a song?

    I'm in the process of professionally recording a pop punk song in reminiscence of the early 2000s, hence, the song is titled "Bring Back 2005". The lyrics basically comprise of things that my generation and I miss the most while growing up.

    -Bands (My Chemical Romance, Simple Plan, Blink-182 etc..)
    -TV Shows (Invader Zim, Avatar, Pokemon etc...)
    -MSN, Myspace


    Am I allowed to mention these things in a song? I'm in no way defaming any of these things, just simply mentioning them in passing.

    Assuming my music hobby takes off and I start making money from my music, what type of trouble would I get into?



    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    i believe they still hang lyricists that dont include mom and beer in their tunes...wait... sorry, thats pop punkabilly...
    my p0asting days were numb bird... now im done... bye.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by KevinTJH View Post
      I'm in the process of professional recording a pop punk song in reminiscence of the early 2000s, hence, the song is titled "Bring Back 2005". The lyrics basically comprise of things that my generation and I miss the most while growing up.

      -Bands (My Chemical Romance, Simple Plan, Blink-182 etc..)
      -TV Shows (Invader Zim, Avatar, Pokemon etc...)
      -MSN, Myspace


      Am I allowed to mention these things in a song? I'm in no way defaming any of these things, just simply mentioning them in passing.

      Assuming my music hobby takes off and I start making money from my music, what type of trouble would I get into?



      Thanks in advance!

      I can't see why you would have any problem with that.

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      • #4
        I agree, the use of trademarks makes people nervous, but as a song lyric there should not be an issue.
        "We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties due to reality fluctuations. The elves are working tirelessly to patch the correct version of reality. Activities here have been temporarily disabled since the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and reason may be incomprehensible during this indeterminate period of instability. Normal service will be restored once we are certain as to what 'normal' is."

        Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'
        "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" ~Bob Marley

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        • #5
          If there was a legal issue, we wouldn't have news networks. In a free society we have a thing called freedom of speech. If you lived in Cuba or China and mentioned one of their Dictators in a negative way that might be a different story.

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          • #6
            Sweet! Thanks guys! Would be keen to share it with you guys when the song is ready

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            • #7
              Should be fine -- check out Bowling for Soup's song "1985" which treaded similar waters (but about a date 20 years earlier... man, that makes me feel old). No legal problems I'm aware of with the name-dropping in that song.
              "I can't believe how bad I suck, it's true; what could you possibly see in little old three-chord me?"

              -Rivers Cuomo

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