Topic: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

If I re-write a popular song from long ago (60's) using my own words and the above phrase written on the TOPIC SUBJECT line, am I violating anyone's copyright?

Thanks

PS: Example:  "The Little Old Lady From Argentina" sung and played to the tune of "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"

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Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

All works published in the United States before 1923 are in the public domain. Works published after 1922, but before 1978 are protected for 95 years from the date of publication. If the work was created, but not published, before 1978, the copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years.

AS far as substituting your own lyrics - I don't know.  I hear many songs that sound exactly like another.

There are only so many ways you can play chords -  bound to be similar songs.
I wouldn't worry too much about the copyright police unless you are making big bucks off of it

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Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

I think Jim's right about the copyright, but there may be a bunch of "WIGGLE ROOM"  in there for things like parodies and such.   As long as you state your intention and credit the original author/artist as the source and don't malign the original, you could be in the clear. I too doubt that you will have guys in suits knocking at your door.  FWIW   smile

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Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

Agree with the general sentiment about copyright stated above. If you are not making money I don't think there is a lot of interest. But, if it's a hit song, and any part of it sounds like a riff from another song, its probably going to be challenged.

Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

You can also just say "Cover of __________ , in the style of ____________"

Mal - Well, lady, I must say, you're my kinda stupid.
Mal - Jayne, your mouth is talking. You might wanna look to that
Kaylee - No power in the verse can stop me. BOOK-  you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theatre.

Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

Thanks everyone. I did finally finish it and posted it.

Do y'all ever do this: You begin writing a song or poem, store it, can't get it off your mind for some reason, and then tell your self, "This has gone far enough I'm getting it done TODAY!"

Wish I had more days like that. smile

Bill

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Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

Strummerboy Bill some days both songs and poems come easier than other days at least for me. It depends on a given day if you feel creative or not and you also have to realize that and not force it.

Music is what feelings sound like.
Music is life, that why our hearts have beats.

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Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

Good advice, Classical Guitar.  I guess I'm like the guy in the restaurant writing on the napkin or the guy keeping a camera around "just in case". I just don't go to restaurants these days and my memory doesn't serve me well enough to remember to take my cheapo camera.

Well, okay. That last one's a cop-out, I know.

I'd like to kow more about your creative times/practice/performance schedule. sometime.

Thanks again

Bill

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Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

Bill, for me it is random.  When the thought / idea hits,. I scrible it down. Or make a note or verbal note in my phone.

Mal - Well, lady, I must say, you're my kinda stupid.
Mal - Jayne, your mouth is talking. You might wanna look to that
Kaylee - No power in the verse can stop me. BOOK-  you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theatre.

Re: "Sung And Played To The Tune Of........."

I'll usually get a a notion for a guitar riff while I'm doing something mundane, like mowing the lawn or driving alone for some distance. Unfortunately, it usually never blossoms into anything more than that.

Substituting lyrics is something that arises in a situation, when someone does something ridiculous, and changing the words to a song to suit the situation happens. My first year roommate at university was incredible at it, and gave us lots of laughs at each other. Weird Al Yankovic made us all smile with his re-writes, like his "The Saga Begins" using the music for Bye Bye American Pie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEcjgJSqSRU

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