Civil rights song ‘We Shall Overcome’ part of public domain

SHARE Civil rights song ‘We Shall Overcome’ part of public domain
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Pete Seeger leads a chorus of “We Shall Overcome” in the late 1960s. | File Photo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” which has been quoted by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was made popular by folk singer Pete Seeger, has been declared a part of public domain.

Ludlow Music, the song’s publisher, agreed in a New York federal court last week to back down on claims of copyright after losing a summary judgment in the case. The publisher said in a stipulation filed last Friday that it waived the right to appeal the judge’s opinion and agreed the melody and lyrics are “dedicated to the public domain.”

The lawsuit was filed by the We Shall Overcome Foundation, a group that wanted to make a documentary about the song, and Butler Films, which produced the 2013 film “The Butler.”

KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press

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