Including Song Lyrics in Open Textbooks

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  • Hi,

    I know that music related topics have been addressed here, but I seek advice on the parameters for including song lyrics in an open textbook (for non-commercial educational use). I understand that it is risky to quote the song in full, but the lyrics are still an essential part of the text.

    What kind of alternatives would you recommend to including the song lyrics? For example, perhaps:

    • Using smaller sections of the lyrics
    • Listing the title of the song, but linking to a site that provides the full lyrics (or directing readers to look up the lyrics themselves)
    • Creating a playlist of the songs using an external streaming service platform, and linking to the playlist

    I would appreciate if you would be willing to share your thoughts, best practices, or additional resources.

    Thank you in advance!

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