derivative works question: "cover" songs

Greg London email at
Wed Mar 24 16:20:29 EST 2004

William Morgan said:
> Ok. I was just uncertain of whether, seeing as we don't own copyrights
> on the lyrics or composition, we could still license these recordings in
> the same way that we license recordings of original tunes.

the beauty of Public Domain is that NO-ONE has exclusive rights
to the work anymore, so ANYONE may copy, distribute, create
derived works, publicly perform, publicly display, etc, etc.

Shakespeare's heirs have no say if Hollywood wants to
make Hamlet into a movie and have Mel Gibson play
the lead role.

Draft the Gift Domain:
Put Free/Libre/Open/Public licensing
concepts directly into Copyright Law.

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