The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #80826   Message #1476369
Posted By: wysiwyg
02-May-05 - 08:50 AM
Thread Name: Copyrights on Spirituals
Subject: RE: Copyrights on Spirituals
ST, what I would suggest is that, using the index in the permathread, you use the threads for those songs to research the origin of individual songs; where there is not enough information on a given song, you could post a query in that thread.

If you find that a song is indeed thought to be from slavery time to the best of your information, and you are singing your own arrangement of the song, you can indicate yourself as the arranger on your liner notes and you should be all right.

One thing you definitely want to avoid is doing a song from a published arrangement, especially from an arrangement based on the concert spiritual or art song approach. IMO that's where you are likely to run into copyright concerns, unless you cite the publisher and get permission in advance.

How did you learn these songs?

Have you found any of the resources in the permathread helpful? If so, how? Might you post about that, in the permathread? And it you can share any information in the threads or in the permathreads, please, do!