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DonD Help: Public Domain or Copyrighted??? (40) RE: Help: Public Domain or Copyrighted??? 21 Jun 02

This song is your song
I learned it when I sang along
Then I got some of the words wrong
Now this song belongs to you and me!

How much of a variant lyric or arrangement makes it a different song that I can copyright myself? I only sing for fun and theer's no question of anyone ever paying to hear me, so I don't much care.

Of course if I wrote a song and it became a hit I'd hope to be rewarded for it -- but if people thought it was traditional, that would be reward enough. And if someone else wanted to perform it, that would be a pretty good reward, too. And if I was acknowledged as the writer, WOW! But if somneone else took the credit -- and the money -- BUMMER!

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