The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #135827   Message #3098583
Posted By: GUEST
19-Feb-11 - 12:39 PM
Thread Name: LEGALITY of using published melody
Subject: RE: Who gets credit for writing a song
I am writing alot of new words to old hymns.
Someone told me if the original composer has been dead over 50 years it's public domain and you don't have to get permission to use the tune.

The second question is, if I write new words to a modern rock song for instance, do I have to get permission from the composer or band to use their melody with my new words?