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Thread #40212 Message #577246
Posted By: Barbara
22-Oct-01 - 06:31 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Turning of the World (Ruth Pelham)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Need words to song Turning of the Wo
Looks to me like the Berlin Student Chorus felt they'd changed enough of Ruth's words to claim the song as their own. The did write a lovely line there at the end of the second verse, and the word "artist" is not in Ruth Pelham's original set of suggested zipper words to add, but I don't think that constitutes writing a new song.
Out there in the trad world, however, people like Burl Ives and The Clancy Brothers (or the Kingston Trio, for that matter) have been doing just that for as long as there's been copyrights.
I wonder how Ruth feels about having her song appropriated that way?