Hello all, I joined this site because I'm in the process of writing a memoir. I've been thinking about writing it for a while, and finally I've found the motivation to start it for real. Mostly it's for personal reasons, but if I like the way it turns out and I think it's good enough I may try to get it published. Anyway, I have two questions. My first is: Do I have to get consent from the people I'm talking about if I publish it anonymously? The memoir is mainly about two people and the things they put me through and I highly doubt they would consent. I have changed all the names and will consider changing some of the physical descriptions and such if I have to. Though I want to add some real information about my town (such as street names, descriptions of playgrounds, etc.), I don't want to blatantly say where I grew up. Second is: In layman's terms, what is meant by "Fair Use" of lyrics and quotes? Music and books (typically other memoirs) played a huge role in my life growing up, and frequently I found songs and quotes that fit what I was feeling/going through. I would like to use some of what I have collected to set the scene and such (for example interspersing the lyrics of a song as something is going on as if it was playing in the background, or something I had written on my wall). I plan on citing the authors and musicians. Is that ok? Thanks in advance for all your help!