[thechat] US Election Fun

Morgan Kelsey morgan at morgankelsey.com
Sat Jul 31 19:19:22 CDT 2004

> On 19 Jul 2004, at 22:12, Luther, Ron wrote:
> > More US election fun:
> > http://www.plur.net/thisland.html
> For which parody, there is now a copyright suit:
> http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/archives/000670.html
> ...and never mind the parody defence, or indeed Woody Guthrie's own
> © statement:
> "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."

heh, i jest started rehearsin' for a woody guthrie theater thang....all the
text is woody's writings, and all the songs are of course woody stuff (done
legally, with permissions of course)

so i been listenin' to heapins' of ol' woody's stuff, (allright, i'll resume
to normal 'american english')

but many of woody's songs are straight lifts of other people's stuff. "new
york town" is the same as blind lemon jefferson's "one dime blues" (for
example). and cisco houston probably had a hand in writing "this land". i
dare say woody wouldn't approve of the lawsuit, he'd think the bit was

oh well, he's probably busy "decomposing" anyway.
/me ducks tomatoes


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