After 'We Shall Overcome' Loss, Music Co. Hit With Attys' Fees

Law360 (July 31, 2018, 9:00 PM EDT) -- Months after admitting that "We Shall Overcome" was no longer protected by copyright, the publisher that for years claimed to own it was ordered Tuesday to repay the legal bills spent proving the iconic protest song was in the public domain.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ordered Ludlow Music Inc. — which for years charged fees for the use of the civil rights anthem but in January settled a lawsuit by conceding that the song is free for all to use — to repay $352,000 to attorneys who brought the case.

Though the judge said that Ludlow's defense of the copyright...

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