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Judge Rules First Verse of “We Shall Overcome” is Public Domain

Posted Sep 25, 2017

The civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome” was popularized and copywrited by Pete Seeger and other writers half a century ago. A Federal judge ruled recently that the first verse of the song, while altered by Seeger, et al., is essentially a folk tune. For more information see: NPR, New York Times,Reuters.