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Posted By: Nigel Parsons
20-Feb-21 - 10:10 AM
Thread Name: rules for English/Scottish Copyrights
Subject: RE: rules for English/Scottish Copyrights
That leaves the songs he took from print and manuscript sources
Which cannot be assumed to be free of copyright. The rule is death of the author plus 70 years. Unless specifically stated as 'traditional' some of the earlier print sources may have been songs of writers who were still alive at that time, and as MacColl was collecting in the 1950s that is not 70 years+.