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Maggie Mae Rights?
31 December 2012
7.29am
The Strawberry
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Maggie Mae is a traditional Liverpool song. So this would mean it is public domain, right? US and UK? Any proof? I want to know if I'm have to right to sell a cover of it. Thank you!

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31 December 2012
7.40am
Gerell
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Who knows? Nobody is really sure about the person owning the rights to the music of the Beatles. Although the arrangement of Maggie May allowed the Beatles to have rights over the song.

"The version they performed was spelt "Maggie Mae" on the track listing and all four Beatles were credited as arrangers of the traditional song, thus allowing them to collect the writers' share of the publishing income for this public domain song"

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31 December 2012
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Id imagine that if its youre recording and as long as no one else owns it then youre fine, however if released/recorded by anyone else then someone will own that specific recording of the song so youd be breaking some law or other. I think the original lyrics and melody are free to cover and do as you please to.

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