Hi hannibalsmith-ga -
Before I answer your question, I'd like to mention that I am not a
lawyer, nor should my answer be construed as legal advice.
First, some basic definitions:
A copyright is "a legal right (usually of the author or composer or
publisher of a work) to exclusive publication, production, sale,
distribution" of a work."
Copyright infringement is "unauthorized use of a copyrighted item."
I understand from your question that you wish to cite titles of
copyrighted works, a song and some film titles.
Titles are not protected by U.S. copyright law, strange as that may
seem. The US Copyright Office exempts from copyright law: "titles,
names, short phrases, and slogans;" Thus you may freely use titles
of songs or films in your book. It is not an infringement of
copyright to do so.
( http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#wwp and click on "What is
Not Protected by Copyright.")
If you were going to write out the actual lyrics of a song, these
would certainly require permission of the copyright holder or
( http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#wwp and click on "What
Works are Protected.")
However, you plan to write a parody of copyrighted lyrics. Your
parody may or may not constitute copyright infringement. In certain
instances, the use of copyrighted material without permission is
considered "fair use."
"Fair use" is use of copyrighted material "for purposes such as
criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple
copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research."
According to the publishing attorney, Lloyd L. Rich, parody as a
method of criticism might fall under the "fair use" exemption. It
might also fall under "free speech" protections of the First Amendment
of the US Constitution.
But Ann Dunn Wessberg, a copyright attorney with the firm, Faegre &
Benson LLP, notes that :
"Free speech ... doesn?t necessarily protect all parody from
copyright infringement. When ?Weird Al? Yankovic parodies a popular
song, he gets permission from and pays royalties to the original
and scroll to "What is Fair Use)
As you can see, even the experts are unwilling to commit on the
matter. However, it is likely that the eventual publisher of your
book will vet it with the firm's attorneys with whom will rest the
final decision on the matter..
If, in the meantime, you'd like to find the publisher of the actual
lyrics of the song you will cite, you can use the search engine
provided by The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
Good luck with your book.