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Indy Lass Lyrics and Lyricists, your opinion (15) RE: Lyrics and Lyricists, your opinion 30 May 99

I found a scottish poem by Sir Walter Scott that I liked and put my own music to. But is this really songwriting or is it just stealing someone elses great lyrics? Loreena McKennitt has done this and produced some beautiful songs with others poetry--poetry that I may never have known had it not been for someone putting it to music. Can songs like this be copyrighted by a musician? Is "old" poetry considered public domain? And how would I know if someone hasn't already set this poem to music and I just haven't heard about it yet?

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