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Thread #135827   Message #3098671
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Feb-11 - 03:12 PM
Thread Name: LEGALITY of using published melody
Subject: RE: Who gets credit for writing a song
Hi, Angel-
The laws vary somewhat from country to country. It used to be 75 years from date of publication until a composition moves into public domain. Now I think it's 70 years after the death of the composer. In the U.S., anything written before 1923 is in the public domain, and stuff written after that falls under the new rules.

Here's an excerpt from the article on copyright in Wikipedia: You'll find a very good explanation on this page at the U.S. Copyright Office.

-Joe Offer, Forum Moderator-

P.S. I moved both your posts into the same thread. It gets confusing when you post the same thing in a number of threads.