'We Shall Overcome' At The Center Of A Public Domain Dispute
The lawyers who helped get "Happy Birthday" in the public domain are challenging the copyright of "We Shall Overcome," a popular protest song.By Christian Bryant | April 14, 2016
"Deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall overcome someday," Joan Baez sings.
The Library of Congress calls "We Shall Overcome" "the most powerful song of the 20th century," and now one group is claiming that the song should be owned by everyone.
The We Shall Overcome Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging the copyright of the song that's in the title of the organization, saying the song is "dedicated to public use and in the public domain."