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WHAT TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS SONGS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN – SILENT NIGHT by THE TEMPTATIONS

Perform them! That way it’s yours!  Just because the song listed below was in the public domain doesn’t mean you can use a version done by someone else. Here are the songs I found written before 1924, or donated to the public domain.  So you can use these songs w/o owing anyone or getting a license to use in your social post, IF you perform them yourself.

Holiday songs that ARE in the Public Domain.

With these songs, you will not need a mechanical license

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 1924.  Although Silent Night was written before 1924 , 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.

 

 

 

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