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andi 20 Feb 04 - 05:04 PM
Uncle_DaveO 20 Feb 04 - 05:30 PM
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andi 21 Feb 04 - 12:23 AM
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Subject: Trad songs and copyright issues
From: andi
Date: 20 Feb 04 - 05:04 PM

Hi All!

Odd sort of question here....what are the copyright issues with using Trad lyrics?
Here's the back ground: I have a cd here by the GovernmentRams from NFLD and there is a song that's called "Parting Glass" and I want to use one of the lines in the refrain in a needlework piece I am designing.
Now I have tried repeatedly, over the course of two years to get ahold of this band, it management or a represtitive from the record company to gain permission to no avail, I get absolutely no replies.
A friend of mine says that Trad songs are "public Domain" and I should feel free to use the line.
ANy ideas, either on how to get permission to use the line or if it is true that Trad songs are "Public Domain"

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Subject: RE: Trad songs and copyright issues
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 20 Feb 04 - 05:30 PM


The GovernmentRams, whoever they are do not own The Parting Glass. At best they own a copyright on their arrangement and/or any changes they made in the text from the traditional text. You are not interested, as I gather, in the music, but just the words, right?

Go to the DT, HERE. If the words you want to use are in the version in the DT, you can use them with impunity.

Dave Oesterreich

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Subject: RE: Trad songs and copyright issues
From: Blackcatter
Date: 20 Feb 04 - 05:35 PM

Parting Glass is definately in the public domain - the words and the basic tune, that is.

Feel free to use it. If you have questions about other songs, Mudcat is a great place to ask. There are many professional musicians here who regularly deal with copyright issues.

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Subject: RE: Trad songs and copyright issues
From: andi
Date: 21 Feb 04 - 12:23 AM

THank you both! :)

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