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Good news for #openCulture - in January, "We Shall Overcome" became public domain after a federal judge ruled the key verse could not be copyrighted for lack of originality.

hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/song-p…

#missedInRealTime #thread
The lawyers that handled that lawsuit are the same ones who brought "Happy Birthday" into #publicDomain in 2015:

apnews.com/4ef3d7182b7e44…
In 2016, the lawyers filed suit against the same music publisher over "This Land Is Your Land." Let me know if you see an updated status!
mimesislaw.com/ipflow/this-so…
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