I believe the Bible is considered to be in the public domain.
Edit- The wording for the song comes from the King James Version of the Bible. Technically the KJV is copyrighted by the English Monarch, and officially never loses its copyright within England. So perhaps there may have had to have been royalties paid in England for the song. But outside of England, the KJV is essentially considered to be in the public domain.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/18/2021 05:57AM by alsd.
If memory serves, current copyright law states that a copyright can be held until 75 years after the death of the original author, but that is for the original work. So, since it's way past 75 years since Joseph Smith died, you can do anything you want with the first (or first few) editions of the Book of Mormon.
It is those editions that cause problems, however. Each time the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints releases a new edition of the Book of Mormon, that edition is treated as an entirely new book and a new copyright starts on it. So, while copyright issues would not be a problem for the first few releases of the Book of Mormon, any editions released later than 75 years ago (such as the one deleting the word "white" from the phrase "white and delightsome") are fully protected under current copyright law.
Yeah, I sort of remember his passing. Oh well, saves me a few bucks and a pack of bacon. I'll be sure and think about him when we play it. And if they don't already have my home cured and smoked bacon in heaven, then it can't really be heaven :)
I saw some bacon in a farmers market yesterday with the brand name Klondike. I forgot to check out if it really comes from the Yukon. But I've been thinking of that bacon ever since. I bet it's delish. I longed for some last night to go with my perogy dinner. Heaven on earth. :)
I have a suspicion that "French Vanilla" coffee doesn't come from France. Quebec, maybe?
Ray: I can't imagine an amateur group would be hit up for royalties, but if you recorded it or played it professionally, Seeger's business heirs would probably expect royalties. If you play pro and have a business agent, he should be on top of these matters.
Query to you legal beagles: I write and sometimes use a couple of lines, maybe a stanza, from a pop song. Do I have to get permission or pay royalties? How much can I quote for free?