Tom Lehrer Puts Whatever He Hadn’t Already Donated To The Public Domain Into The Public Domain

Tom Lehrer Puts Whatever He Hadn’t Already Donated To The Public Domain Into The Public Domain

from the a-real-hero dept

Hopefully, you already know who Tom Lehrer is, and are by now common with his audio, but if you’re somehow in the dark, I suggest you read through this superb profile, or take a look at his unofficial official YouTube channel. Or, stop by his web-site wherever you can download every little thing for free (he even begs you not to mail him funds).

We have penned about Lehrer two times just before, both regarding his views on effectively releasing his music in the community area. Back again in 2014, we wrote about how a enthusiast had in essence place all of his operates on YouTube, and then contacted Lehrer to apologize. Lehrer explained to him there was absolutely nothing to apologize for: he was happy the will work were out there. The lover then requested if he desired to do one thing to make sure that no just one would at any time copyright strike the films, and Lehrer again suggests not to worry, as significantly as he’s involved it is all in the community domain, and he has no heirs to trigger difficulties soon after he dies:

Although Lehrer has built startlingly little effort and hard work to make sure a long term for his function, a handful of superfans have filled in the hole. Just one is Erik Meyn, a Norwegian who manages the Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel on YouTube, a feed of general performance videos and playlists that has received much more than 10 million sights because 2007. Meyn initially posted written content to the channel devoid of Lehrer’s authorization and known as him from overseas in December 2008 to apologize, a conversation he later posted on the “Tom Lehrer!” Fb web page. An excerpt:

TL: Perfectly, you see, I’m great with that channel.

EM: You’re really sort. But my issue is: Who in your household will consider treatment of your copyright and your tunes in the distant future?

TL: I really don’t have a family.

EM: Okay, but what do you think will come about to the channel and your tracks? And if you have another person who will act on your behalf, could you give them my title in scenario they’d want the channel taken down?

TL: Indeed, but there’s no have to have to get rid of that channel.

EM: I was just asking yourself what will transpire in the potential, simply because you are surely heading to continue on to promote information.

TL: Properly, I never need to have to make income following I’m lifeless. These matters will be taken care of.

EM: I experience like I gave away some of your music to general public domain without the need of even inquiring you, and that wasn’t really wonderful of me.

TL: But I’m great with that, you know.

EM: Will you establish any form of foundation or charity or a thing like that?

TL: No, I won’t. They are mostly rip-offs.

Then, in 2020, we wrote about him once again, noting that he had place up a web page exactly where he experienced declared that all of his lyrics had been formally dedicated to the community domain, and he encouraged people to do what they preferred with them. At the time, we pointed out that this did not protect the true new music, but Lehrer experienced prompt he would insert that at a potential time.

Seemingly, that long term time has come. Lehrer has expanded the letter on his internet site, now dated to November of 2022, even if significantly of it is similar to what we wrote about two decades in the past. But the big variation is that he’s now which includes all of the songs in the general public domain devotion:

I, Tom Lehrer, and the Tom Lehrer Rely on 2007, hereby grant the pursuing permissions:

All copyrights to lyrics or tunes penned or composed by me have been relinquished, and hence these tracks are now in the community area. All of my music that have never ever been copyrighted, obtaining been available for totally free for so extensive, are now also in the general public domain.

The latter consists of all lyrics which I have created to tunes by others, even though the audio to this sort of parodies, if copyrighted by their composers, are of training course not involved without having authorization of their copyright homeowners. The translated songs on this website may be located on YouTube in their authentic languages.

Accomplishing and recording legal rights to all of my music are included in this authorization. Translation legal rights are also bundled.

In certain, permission is hereby granted to any one to established any of these lyrics to their individual tunes, or to set any of this tunes to their personal lyrics, and to publish or carry out their parodies or distortions of these tunes without having payment or concern of authorized motion.

Some recording, film, and tv legal rights to tunes composed by me are basically licensed non-exclusively by me to recording, film, or Tv set organizations. All this kind of legal rights are now produced herewith and therefore do not require any authorization from me or from Maelstrom Tunes, which is simply me in another hat, nor from the recording, film, or Tv firms associated.

In short, I no extended keep any rights to any of my music.

So assist yourselves, and don’t send out me any funds.

As I mentioned, substantially of this statement demonstrates what was on the site just before, but now it handles the songs as perfectly as the lyrics. He’s also basically put up every thing you will need. You can obtain the new music as MP3s, you can stream albums, you can obtain lyrics as PDF information. It’s… really in depth. And rather remarkable.

Of class, there’s also this semi-ominous warning:

THIS Site WILL BE SHUT DOWN AT SOME Date IN THE NOT Way too DISTANT Foreseeable future, SO IF YOU WANT TO Download Something, Do not Wait around Also Extended.

I hope that somebody (hey, Net Archive?) is building confident that this web site, and all the audio is preserved lengthy after Lehrer eliminates it.

Both way, it is a further wonderful gift, and it’s a unusual one, specified that in these days of ever increasing copyright conditions, most artists hardly ever are living to see any of their will work enter the public area. Lehrer must be celebrated for his audio and wit, of system, but also for building absolutely sure his is effective are really in the public domain whilst he’s even now alive, which is an wonderful contribution to public lifestyle.

Of training course, as we’ve talked over for several years, there is no formal way underneath US copyright regulation to put performs in the community area. The best you can do is correctly make apparent that you are giving up any rights to enforce your copyrights, which is what Lehrer has finished here. It’s a disgrace that US regulation does not permit for an official community area perseverance, but perhaps one particular day that will come about.

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