'We Shall Overcome' In Public Domain, Publisher Agrees

Law360, New York (January 26, 2018, 9:19 PM EST) -- A music publisher that claimed to own the copyright to 1960s protest song “We Shall Overcome” agreed to a settlement Friday that concedes the famous song is in the public domain.

Under the terms of the deal, Ludlow Music — which for years charged fees for use of the civil rights anthem — agreed that it would no longer claim a copyright to the song and that the “melody and lyrics of those verses of the song are hereafter dedicated to the public domain.”

The settlement will resolve nearly two years of class action litigation filed by filmmakers who wanted to...

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