JUDGE RULES “WE SHALL OVERCOME” NOT UNDER COPYRIGHT
The anthem of the U.S. Civil Rights movement – “We Shall Overcome” – is not under copyright, a federal judge in New York has ruled. The case and judge’s decision frees from copyright control a verse that many people had already assumed was available for anyone to use or sing, like “Happy Birthday to You,” which is considered part of the public domain. Publishers Richmond Organization and Ludlow Music had maintained copyright restrictions on the verse and song and had charged licensing fees for its use.
MEMBERS OF DECAPITATED ARRESTED IN KIDNAPPING
Four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a woman outside a concert venue in Washington state, the Orange County Register is reporting. Michal Mikolaj Lysejko, 27; Waclaw Jan Kieltyka, 35; Rafal Tomasz Piotrowski, 31; and Hubert Edward Wiecek, 30, were arrested in Santa Ana, California and are being held at the Los Angeles County jail while awaiting extradition to Spokane, Washington.
STAGEHAND SUING OVER TOE INJURY ON KATY PERRY TOUR
One of Katy Perry’s former stagehands is suing the pop star, saying her toe needed to be amputated after her foot was crushed under a wall she was asked to help move. Christina Fish claims she was injured working on Perry’s Prismatic World Tour in 2014. Fish said the wall rolled across her foot. Her toe became gangrenous and needed to be removed.
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