Is it considered copyright infringement if you sang someone else's song but gave them credit for it?
Yes. Keep in mind that anyone who's been to more than a few local concerts or open mic nights has seen unlicensed cover songs being performed. However, giving someone credit does nothing to negate infringement.
No intent is needed to infringe. Often you’ll see notices posted on YouTube videos like, “NO INFRINGEMENT INTENDED,” but the law makes it very clear that no intent is necessary to be considered infringing. Even though your lack of intent may affect how much money in damages you may owe to the other party, you’re just as liable for infringement if you do it actively and knowingly as you are if you do it mistakenly.
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