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Using a book for inspiration for a song


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I'm a singer/songwriter who just recently began copyrighting and publishing my original work on youtube.

I just finished reading an autobiography by Bruce Springsteen and near the end of one of the chapters he wrote something I found very thoughtful and deep. I took those few sentences and in some parts paraphrased and in a few verses it is almost word for word.

Those who I have played it for say it is a very moving song and I want to copyright and publish it. However, I cannot find anywhere online if what I wrote would be considered copyright infringement.

Anyone know?

Thanks!

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I don't know if there will be something in the content of the book is copyrighted (read the blurb at the beginning of the book), but taking inspiration should be okay, but if you have used whole sections from something that is written, you may not be able to use it. An example would be using most of the words/sentences from a parapgraph, but using the odd word to get the same feel in your song may be okay.

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