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Thread #153133 Message #3585178
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
18-Dec-13 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: copyright-How can I find if a song is protected?
Subject: RE: copyright-How can I find if a song is protected?
Guest, I agree that that's ridiculous. Hal Leonard claims a lot of improbable copyrights. Another example: I once saw a music book where a company claimed a copyright on the following:
"By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion."
Hmmm, that was a psalm, originally composed before the time of Christ and translated into English under King James (17th century, I believe). Something tells me it's too old to copyright.
Wysiwyg, that is good advice. Also a visit to ASCAP (U.S.) or BMI (U.K) might help. Where do people in other nations turn?