The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #10084   Message #68174
Posted By: Bruce O.
04-Apr-99 - 11:37 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's pseudonym
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's pseudonym
I found "Robbin an's Gonny" in the Scarce Songs 1 file on my website in a manuscript in the Folger Shakespeare Library, and with their permission contributed it to the 'Folk Music Journal' of the EFDSS, where it was published in 1986. On the inside of the front cover of FMJ is the statement:

The Copyright of all articles, tunes and words of songs appearing in this JOURNAL belongs to the author or contributor supplying them and they must not be reproduced without permission. ....

I own a copyright! Ridiculous! I didn't write the song, or pay anyone else for the rights. It cost me nothing but some time and a little money for transportation, pencil and paper, and stamps to send it to London. It was not entered in the Stationers' Register in London, so was it never copyrighted until 1986! As far as I'm concerned it's Public Domain, and always has been.