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Looking at the protest anthem We Shall Overcome, this research note covers the complexities in unraveling the ownership of classic musical works.


  • In this article, Jeremy Summers of the law firm Lewis Silkin discusses some of the legal issues surrounding the ownership of classic musical works.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the problems associated with overcoming the complexities of copyright in classic musical works.
  • Discusses how the We Shall Overcome Foundation is seeking to end copyright protection.

Key questions answered

  • Why can the We Shall Overcome Foundation not use We Shall Overcome in a documentary?
  • What is the foundation trying to achieve with its lawsuit?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • We shall overcome complicated copyright issues
  • Claiming ownership to an existing work
  • And the moral arguments?

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