Mudcat Café message #3364159 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #107573   Message #3364159
Posted By: Stringsinger
16-Jun-12 - 10:09 AM
Thread Name: Stolen melodies/Bob Dylan
Subject: RE: Stolen melodies/Bob Dylan
All folk tunes are nicked. Folklorists call them variants. Tunes are vehicles for lyric stories
and may be slightly modified but their function is not a melody per se as you would find in classical or Broadway show tunes, but as beds for story-telling.

Copyright laws are difficult to establish with folk melodies. The rule used to be eight
consecutive bars of music to establish composership but that's easy to change.