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GUEST,Liz the Squeak 'Are you SURE you wrote that?' (123* d) RE: 'Are you SURE you wrote that?' 28 Jan 07

Ah.. the hardest thing to hear is someone singing a song you wrote and claiming it as their own... been there, done that, spilled my beer over the thieving bastard.

I see an awful lot of 'trad. arr by ***' and can live with that, but I also see a lot of trad tunes wholly claimed by composers. The theory is that they are copyrighting the arrangement and/or harmonization they have added. These harmonies may bear a striking resemblance to those traditionally sung to that tune, but unless someone else has written them down and claimed copyright, they are up for grabs. I think it sad that some composers don't feel secure enough that they can credit a traditional tune, but it's been going on for centuries.


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