Re: Re: Words to old hymns
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on October 06, 2001 at 00:39:01:
In Reply to: Re: Words to old hymns posted by Simple Gifts, Jesus is the Song by David Danner, on October 06, 2001 at 00:17:14:
: : How do I find out if certain hymns are copywrited and/or still in publication? I don't want the music, just the words, (i.e. the original poem).
Dear Simple Gifts,
In publication is a whole nother ball game. The rest can be done searching the records of the Copyright Office.
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