Hey everyone, been awhile since I last posted, but I'm a bit stuck and need a few pointers. I know this topic comes up frequently - I've looked through some of the older ones, but none of them seem to address the issue I'm facing. I'm sure the answer will be to consult a literary attorney (though I doubt I can afford to go that route), but hopefully my questions won't be that complicated. Fingers crossed. Anyway, my current project is heavily focused on music, and as such there are a number of real-world references that are made. Now, I know the obvious already - not to use any copyrighted material and not to defame any actual people. That all goes without saying. In addition, any artists or people that make an appearance in the story are 100% fictional. But I know things can get a little fuzzy, so let me give a few examples of where the real-world references come into play: For one, my two main characters are musicians, and they frequently talk music. As in, mentioning their favorite real artists and actual concerts they've attended - bearing in mind that any actual concerts I mention really happened, and that I never mention artists that my characters "dislike." Nor do I claim any artists did anything they did not actually do. I mention my character purchasing actual albums when they were actually released, and attending concerts that actually happened, when they actually happened. I use only fictional artists when I make up concerts. Second, as my characters are musicians, they play songs. Some are fictional, but some are real. In this case I only ever mention the title and artist of a song they're playing, and I may talk about the song itself (as in, she expertly fretted the build-up in five-fourths time as the singer easily hit the high notes just before the chorus). I never quote lyrics. Finally, my main character is named after a song title, and this fact is revealed - she tells someone she meets that her father was a huge fan of the artist and couldn't resist naming her after the song. I know titles can't be copyrighted, but it's the reference being an issue that I'm concerned about. A possible remedy, if it's necessary, would be to just leave out stating that it's a reference, but that fact is an important part of her identity. That's about it at this point. Am I doing anything that would be problematic? I know authors make references all the time, and I hope I'm just being overly cautious and paranoid. I'd hate to have to make everything fictional, as it would take away from the setting and feel of the story. There are probably things I can do during the editing phase to remove some of them if I have to, but some will be harder to cut out than others. I'd rather not have to get rid of them if possible. Any help would be appreciated. Like I said, hopefully this is just something I'm overthinking, as I don't really have the cash to spare to seek legal counsel. If that's really the only solution, I'd really appreciate recommendations (websites?) on affordable ones or ones I could email/ask for free (if there are any...do I dare hold my breath?). Thanks in advance.