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Thread #95461   Message #1857691
Posted By: Bob Bolton
13-Oct-06 - 07:42 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Judas and Mary (Sydney Carter)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Said Judas to Mary - Sydney Carter
G'day Liz,

Yes ... and, of course, Sydney Carter freely acknowledged that the tune he set to his Lord of the Dance lyrics was the Shaker Hymn 'Tis a Gift to be Simple ... composed (or "received") by a Shaker man in (~) 1848.

Apparently S & B have been claiming royalties - despite the fact that the Irish Dance show did not use his lyrics, only the Quaker hymn tune - and the title "Lord of the Dance", but that's not copyright text; just a title - a "trade description". The mean attitude to allowing access to Sydney's lyrics (and, thus, affirming their 'copyright' ... not "trad." ... status only serves to make it more likely that his material will be increasingly mis-attributed ... and S & B will have more legal costs - and/or less royalties!