I thinking of making the main character in my next novel a DJ (mostly because I used to be one). I know that if you put lyrics in books, you need to get permission. But if the main character were just to mention band names and song names (but no lyrics) would I need to get any permission? Are there any issues involved in this?
Miss Snark has visions of the sheriff arriving with a summons to court for giving legal advice, and worse, legal advice someone relied on for permissions.
IF you're going to do this kind of stuff, I cannot advise you strongly enough to consult an IP lawyer. Laws change, court cases are decided that have an impact on what law "means' and the last place to get reliable legal advice is the internet.
As we've seen from the recent headlines, it's better to find out if you need permission than ask forgiveness for infringing.