It may sound like I’m asking for legal advice but free advice is worth what you pay for it. You are not my lawyer.
My question is: do I need a songwriter’s permission to quote their lyrics in my song?
Does it matter how long the quotes are or how many different quotes I use? Does it matter if I make small changes in the quotes?
Etc. Not all quotes are from the same song but all are from the album “Blue”. My intention is that 50 or 60 year old hipsters will recognize the allusions and smile knowingly - not that anyone will think the words are original with me.
If permission is really required to record this, presumably I have to talk to some one here but do I need to or am I worried about nothing?