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Thread #31055 Message #928172
Posted By: mariamaroo
07-Apr-03 - 06:30 PM
Thread Name: Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)-public domain?
Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)
Well a lot of songwriters have lived and died in poverty because of unfair publishing laws (and unscrupulous publishers). I think a lot of them would like to think that at least their descendents would reap some of the rewards, finally. It's really an interesting issue. Pete Seeger sends a portion of the royalties from at least some of his songs to organizations or people in parts of the world where the song came from. Part of the royalties for 'Turn Turn Turn', for example, go to a group in Israel, because it's from the bible. And some of 'Wimoweh' goes to wherever Solomon Linda lived in Africa.