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Thread: How to know if a song is Public Domain?

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    Default How to know if a song is Public Domain?

    We do have the Traditional setting for Composer but that's really a different thing. Lots of PD songs have unknown composers but with many the composer is known.

    Thoughts?

    This website is very useful .
    https://rockytopconcert.weebly.com/w---pd-songs.html

    With the crackdown in recent years by the RIAA of businesses that have music it's useful to be able to assure the owner you will only play PD music. Which is quite doable with folk, classical and bluegrass musicians.
    Don't post a playlist as the songs in a Realbook if the changes aren't from the book.
    If you do transcribe changes from a book put it in the title RB1, RB2, GGB, Sher, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobsax View Post
    We do have the Traditional setting for Composer but that's really a different thing. Lots of PD songs have unknown composers but with many the composer is known.

    Thoughts?

    This website is very useful .
    https://rockytopconcert.weebly.com/w---pd-songs.html

    With the crackdown in recent years by the RIAA of businesses that have music it's useful to be able to assure the owner you will only play PD music. Which is quite doable with folk, classical and bluegrass musicians.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobsax View Post
    Thought I would mention that the venue will have to pay the RIAA for you to play copywritten music unless it is Public Domain.
    Wondering if we should/could have a Public Domain list for users?
    Waaaaay beyond the pervue of iRp.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain_music

    Look here
    https://www.pdinfo.com/

    While the original song may be PD, someone might assert that the version you perform is in fact, protected by a copyright holder. The fact that someone checked a PD box offers you scant protection.

    For your recorded product, YOU are responsible for ensuring your material is either licensed or license-free.
    iRp is not part of that process.
    For performance, the responsibility is the venue's. Having a PRO license for the venue is the answer. Which PRO license(s) is the question.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perf...s_organisation

    Again, Waaaaay beyond the scope of iRp.

    It is however, ok to sing Happy Birthday...
    https://www.irealb.com/forums/showth...2884#post32884
    )BOB

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