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Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)

keberoxu 01 Jan 19 - 12:00 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jan 19 - 01:28 PM
JHW 01 Jan 19 - 05:01 PM
GUEST 05 Jan 19 - 07:58 PM
leeneia 06 Jan 19 - 10:16 PM
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Subject: Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 12:00 PM

"Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,"
along with the other pieces in
New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes, by Robert Frost,
has just entered public domain.

It was news to me that Robert Frost wrote this winter poem
in Vermont on a summer's morning.

The Washington Post by way of msn dot com

There exists a very melodic setting of this lyric
by the late Donald Swann,
the song was printed after Swann's death.


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Subject: RE: Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 01:28 PM

Sonny Bono had recently died, I think that's how his name got attached to it.


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Subject: RE: Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)
From: JHW
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 05:01 PM

I sing Stopping by the Woods to my own melody (I've not heard anyone else's). I have not and probably won't record it but thanks for the info. I plead guilty to setting poems, this one being so well known I determined to spare it but the melody crept up on me one day.
I chanced to walk maybe three Boxing Days ago surrounded by white frost rather than snow and found myself in the scene I had always imagined the horse and traveller in the poem. A track between the woods and frozen lake.


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Subject: RE: Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 07:58 PM

The website "lieder dot net" lists
some eighteen composers
who published musical settings of "Stopping by the Woods etc."


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Subject: RE: Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)
From: leeneia
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 10:16 PM

I read somewhere that according to Frost, he worked hard one night on a long, dark poem which never did gel. In the wee hours, or maybe near dawn, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" flowed from his mind all at once.

He didn't say whether it was summer or winter that night.

I grew up near Lake Michigan, and I still love snow. The poem evokes a lot of memories for me.


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Subject: RE: Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 04:23 AM

There's a Wikipedia article on the4 Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, which extended copyright terms in the United States until 95 years from publication date for works published before January 1, 1978 - and the life of the author plus 70 years for more recent works. So, we'll have a steady flow of works coming into the public domain again. I thought it would be forever, but we're good to go again.
Wikipedia says the act was named in memory of the late Congressman Sonny Bono, who died nine months before the act became law: he had previously been one of twelve sponsors of a similar bill.
Welcome to the public domain, Robert Frost.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)
From: JHW
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 06:06 AM

Thanks Guest for the tip about the many settings but as yet I've not dared confuse my brain with other's ideas. At least now I don't feel so guilty.


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Subject: RE: Robert Frost copyrights (Sonny Bono?)
From: leeneia
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 12:40 PM

" the life of the author plus 70 years for more recent works. "

Such an unworkable system. After fifty years, say, how are we to determine whether the author is alive or not? In the case of a melody plus lyrics, we have to determine whether TWO authors are alive or not.

What is the Copyright Office supposed to do, issue a memo saying "Tell us when you're dead?"


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