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Santa Does copyright drive change in folk? (14) Does copyright drive change in folk? 29 Apr 08

Pondering on the threads about Bert Lloyd and the changes he introduced to traditional songs led me to the following thought.

Does the modern copyright demand mean that performers are driven to change the songs that they wish to use? How much has this sped the rate of change of traditional songs? The performer may feel the need to do the song his/her way for individual satisfaction and/or recognition - or just because of difficulty in hitting certain notes! - but the need to maximise income by avoiding copyright may often come into the picture.

Any comments?

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