The most famous civil rights song, “We Shall Overcome,“ is no longer copyrighted

Enlarge / Pete Seeger and his daughter Tinya at a festival in Beacon, New York, in 2013. (credit: Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

A federal judge ruled (PDF) on Friday that the most famous verse of the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" is not copyrighted.

The ruling is a decisive, but still incomplete win for the two plaintiffs. One of those plaintiffs is a charity group called the "We Shall Overcome Foundation" that's making a movie about the song, and the other is Butler...

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