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Thread #57463 Message #903685
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
04-Mar-03 - 10:31 PM
Thread Name: Irish Rover copyrighted?
Subject: RE: Irish Rover copyrighted?
James N. Healy (The Second Book of Irish Ballads, 1962) printed a text, with tune, from an unspecified source ("words traditional, music [19th century]"), adding that it was maybe more of a Music Hall song than a genuine comic ballad. Edith Fowke found an example in tradition in Bronte, Ontario in 1961; unpublished so far as I know.
No doubt the familiar set recorded by the Clancys is in copyright, but it would be difficult, perhaps, to gauge the extent of any original contributions they may have made to it.