1927 was a good year for the recordings! January 1 is the day all the copyrights created in 95 year ago expire. The record machine which is older was invented to the betterment of mankind. Music spreads like a disease, but doesn’t kill. Records became the great equaliser. Musicians from all over the world learn techniques and music from records. Because most of the modern records. music could be spread by” listening only” in an era that required reading to master music. It’s as significant as the -0s and 1s of digitized world, These records , which are portable and available to anyone who had functioning ears. So i think 1927 was so important. This became the end of this practice with hit records not songs.
“The End Poem” the end of the game when and if you kill the dragon, was placed in the public domain by Julian Gough via twitter. Public domain is tricky .The placing of anything in the public domain requires the artist to place the work in the public domain As it turns out Julian had no contract with Microsoft or the game’s owner about the poem and contributed it to the public forever. Public Domain made this possible because of contracts Irene had to use an alias to record. You can hear Blake’s vocals in the background.
St. Louis raised Irene Scruggs’ amazing vocals come alive in ” Married Man Blues.” Scruggs blends beautifully with the strumming of Blind Blake’s guitar in this 1930 recording that was never released on 78. Known for her alluring voice and raunchy/sexy blues sensibilities, her voice tunes with the music in such a way that you just feel her passion. Scruggs is a definite female blues recording artist that time has proven worthy Enjoy 🙂
Before the copyright
intellectual property was preserved by common law. Then the copyright concept allowed one to own the intellectual property they created. The copyright developed its own lengths for protection and who, what, and when the copyright can vest are ever changing issues. There was even an international agreement about this issue.
Public domain traces its roots to the copyright movement when the printers in Europe introduced concept of ownership of an idea or intellectual property. Copyright law was one of the first laws passed in the U.S. in 1790. When the copyright expires, the work enters the public domain.
What actually happens
There is noone with a copyright to enforce. So you are on your own. A correct use of this public use should not have anyone trying to enforce the copyright. Of course the person (usually a publisher) who has collected monies on behalf of the copyright hates you, Free use is the last thing to encourage, and will still try to collect on this earning copyright. The music composition has two copyrights one covering the composition and another covering the sound recording. They are referred to as the circle “p” and the circle “c.” They represent the both of the copyrights in musical compositions. So after you are convinced the music use is what is yours by law, please don’t expect anyone to inform you. If the intellectual property is in the public domain, no one will have standing to enforce anything.
So i recommend doing your own research
as to whether the intellectual property is in the public domain. This research will help as a precursor to a potential challenge to your use.
Once you have ascertained the music was in the public domain
use it for what ever you want and wait for no one to enforce the copyright,
One rule of thumb,
In any country music made before 1923 is in the public domain.
Fortunately for music
the phonograph had been in invented years before.
This is an example of a song in the public domain by virtue of the date. 1923
This song was recorded and published in 1923. It was a hit, obviously putting this work in the public domain by several years, I worked backwards from this precursor of jukebox, the Multiphone, which is how I started this search. The dated lyrics are not very “politically correct” these days. Here’s the latest tech of the that time:
I have consolidated and updated this post from older posts of mine:
The concept of the Public Domain all songs before 1926 and on January 1st, 2022 known as Public Domain Day that changes to 1927
I quoted and paraphrased Wikipedia
Pubic Domain consists of all the creative works to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Those rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable.
This means the public owns these works, not an individual author or artist as copyright law dictates. With correct research, anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it.
Here are some invaluable tools to understanding and finding Entertainment in the Public Domain:
I found this @ Stanford University
Summed up the research required: There are four common ways that works arrive in the public domain:
- the copyright has expired (MY FAVORITE)
- the copyright owner failed to follow copyright renewal rules
- the copyright owner deliberately places it in the public domain, known as “dedication,” or
- copyright law does not protect this type of work.
The Ten Commandments, directed by Cecil B. DeMille
The Pilgrim, directed by Charlie Chaplin
Our Hospitality, directed by Buster Keaton and John G. Blystone
The Covered Wagon, directed by James Cruze
Scaramouche, directed by Rex Ingram
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan and the Golden Lion
Agatha Christie, The Murder on the Links
Winston S. Churchill, The World Crisis
e.e. cummings, Tulips and Chimneys
Robert Frost, New Hampshire
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay
D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo
Elmer Rice, The Adding Machine
Bertrand and Dora Russell, The Prospects of Industrial Civilization
Carl Sandberg, Rootabaga Pigeons
Edith Wharton, A Son at the Front
P.G. Wodehouse, works including The Inimitable Jeeves and Leave it to Psmith
These timeless works of art contribute to mankind, and can be republished or used for free by any member of the public.
Holiday songs that ARE in the Public Domain.
Or written before 1926 and yours to use for free!
See the disclaimer below this list.
- Angels We Have Heard On High
- Auld Lang Syne
- Away In A Manger
- Coventry Carol
- Deck The Halls
- For Unto Us
- Go Tell It On The Mountain
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Good King Wenceslas
- Hallelujah Chorus
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- Here We Come A-Caroling (Wassail Song)
- I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
- I Saw Three Ships
- In The Bleak Midwinter
- It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
- Jingle Bells
- Jolly Old St. Nicholas
- Joy To The World not the Three Dog Night version
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- O Come O Come Emmanuel
- O Holy Night
- O Little Town Of Bethlehem
- Once In Royal David’s City
- Silent Night
- The First Noel
- The Twelve Days of Christmas
- Up On The Housetop
- We Three Kings
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas
- What Child Is This
But the performance by someone done recently would require permission to use in a video or any other use of that performance.
So you will be liable if you post a performance of a public domain song composed after 1925. Although Silent Night was written before 1925 , this is a perfect example of a song performance of a public domain song not being “royality-free” Youtube must pay who ever has the rights for this performance by The Temptations. I suggest using your own version of one of these songs to avoid any copyright hassles.
I found a public domain song I knew and loved “The Devil ts a Mighty Wind.” While listening to versions of “Wayfaring Stranger.” I ran across a folk duo Robin and Linda Williams their version on The Rhythm of Love lp released in 1990. I found a live version on this duo doing this song. Here it is: