'We Shall Overcome' Copyright Is 'Bogus,' Filmmaker Says

Law360, New York (August 8, 2016, 5:35 PM EDT) -- The filmmakers suing to prove that 1960s protest song "We Shall Overcome" is in the public domain on Friday blasted a recent bid to toss the class action, urging a federal judge to give them a shot at invalidating a “bogus copyright.”

The lawsuit, filed in April by a filmmaker who was refused a license to use the song in his documentary, claims the iconic Civil Rights anthem was a long-existing African American spiritual song that was first formally published back in 1948, meaning it has...
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