"We Shall Overcome" has overcome copyfraud and is now unambiguously public domain


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/27/shakedown-rackets.html

Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn't say nothing —
This land was made for you and me.


Interesting side note:

While Guthrie is a hero to most of the left, people aware of colonialism-related issues (Native American activists, etc) tend to get rather twitchy whenever “This land is your land” comes up.

I recently saw someone use “they totally Guthrie’d that” as a phrase meaning “well-meaning but obnoxious behaviour guided by unexamined racism”.

Woody was a dude, but nobody’s perfect.




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