Woodie Guthrie: “anybody caught singin it without our permission…”

A declaration on his recordings from the 1940s by folk musician Woodie Guthrie:
‘This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do’.

Despite the declaration, these days a number of companies continue to claim copyright over Guthrie’s songs.

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