CMU School of Drama

Monday, August 07, 2017

Effort to Free Civil Rights Anthem May Hinge on Difference Between "Will" and "Shall"

Hollywood Reporter: How exactly did an African-American spiritual from the 19th century become "We Shall Overcome," an iconic anthem during the civil rights era? And does this song belong in the public domain or must those who wish to use it in movies and television shows get permission and pay license fees? A federal judge is set to provide some answers in a legal battle that's got something for historians, grammar nerds, activists and, of course, copyright nuts.

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