Tom Lehrer has put many lyrics in public domain
#1  j.p.s 10-21-2020, 11:08 AM
Tom Lehrer has put many of his lyrics into the public domain.

He is 92 years old and his web site is set to be shut down in 2024.

#2  Uncle Robin 10-21-2020, 11:25 AM
Oh the irony! Putting it all as PD means that it could be said to be impossible to plagiarize.

#3  Darqref 10-22-2020, 01:05 AM
Now THAT is what *should* happen. Public domain is where all this property belongs, so other artists can use it for inspiration. 3 cheers for Tom!

#4  pdurrant 10-22-2020, 05:02 AM
He will also be putting his original tunes into the public domain. Three cheers for Tom.

#5  pwalker8 10-22-2020, 08:30 AM
That's great. I have several of his albums and use to listen to his stuff on the old Dr Demento show when I was a kid. I've been know to break out singing "Be Prepared" from time to time.

#6  Angst 11-22-2020, 02:07 AM
Life is like a sewer... what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.
--Tom Lehrer

#7  pdurrant 11-22-2020, 04:21 AM
The site now also includes all the music he wrote for the songs, and similar permissions for his music as for his words.

#8  j.p.s 12-12-2020, 02:31 PM
I'm glad he had the foresight to retain ownership and possesion of the master tapes of his audio recordings. I guess that is a silver lining to his having to self publish his early commercial musical work. Yet another example and publisher gatekeeping throwing out babies with the bathwater.

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