Protest song’s rights protested in court

nytimes we shall overcome

A NYC judge is being asked to declare the iconic We Shall Overcome is in the public domain. A non-profit group that works with orphans and the poor, the We Shall Overcome Foundation, wants to use it in a documentary.

The group complains the publishing company asserting rights only ever held protection for one specific pre-60’s arrangement

The NY Times explains in today’s paper.

One thought on “Protest song’s rights protested in court

  1. It was sung many times by the occupiers of the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill. Occupied after being closed by Lambeth Council – see numerous Graun articles and most of my recent Facebook posts.
    I had never thought I would hear it again but the protesters, old and very young belted it out most of the ten days they remained in situ. I hope nobody will want royalties. It guess it must have featured in many protests over the past fifty years.

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