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Deckman melody copyrights ? (14) melody copywrites ? 31 Mar 15

A few years ago I wrote a song, "The Old Fisherman" and used the melody of "Donegal Danny". It worked well and told the story I wanted to tell. I'm now hearing criticsm because "Donegal Danny" is copywrited. I reject that complaint for two reasons: I'll sing any song and use any melody I darned well want; and I changed the rhythm from 4/4 to 3/4.

Here's my question: What kind of copywrite infringement problems could I expect if I recorded and distributed "The Old Fisherman" using the "Donegal Danny" melody as much as I have distored it?

Thanks for yur thoughts ... bob(deckman)nelson

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