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"This Land Is Your Land" belongs to you and me

Let me share a compressed extract of an article in the August 26, 2004, EFFector written by Fred von Lohmann, EFF Senior Intellectual Property Attorney, entitled ?This Song Belongs to You and Me.?

On Tuesday, EFF announced that music publisher Ludlow Music, Inc., has officially backed down from its threats against web animation studio JibJab Media Inc. over the widely circulated "This Land" animated parody lampooning President Bush and Senator Kerry. The resolution is a complete victory for JibJab, which will be entitled to continue distributing the "This Land" animation without further interference from Ludlow.

So [Woody ] Guthrie's original joins the Star-Spangled Banner, Amazing Grace, and Beethoven's Symphonies in the public domain. Come to think of it, now that "This Land Is Your Land" is in the public domain, can we make it our national anthem? That would be the most fitting ending of all.

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Can we make it our national anthem?

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Please no. Learn the original lyrics and go live in Socialist utopia if that is your desire Sad

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Actually since this is more a issue of proper use in a satire I think, it doesn't mean it's public domain, as I understand the term and fair usage traditions.

RogerNC

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Re: "This Land Is Your Land" belongs to you and me

In reply to: "This Land Is Your Land" belongs to you and me

Hi, J.

No, it's not in the public domain. But the JibJab sight (which is really FUNNY!) falls within the parody exception to the copyright law, just like "Da Wind Done Gone," whose author was sued by the Margaret Mitchell estate for allegedly infringing the copyright on "Gone with the Wind." The estate lost that one, too...

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