15 Rock Songs That Could Have Been Out of Copyright

Copyright has crept from 42 years in 1909 to a possible 190 in 2010.

Imagine is the 1909 copyright extension act had never passed. Copyright would be for a total maximum of 42 years (28 years then 14 more as an extension). The following songs would be out of copyright right now.

Once a work is out of copyright, it is in the public domain. That means anyone can use it in anything–documentaries, tv shows, school plays, fanvids, commercials, school dances, anything.

  1. “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry
  2. “Turn, Turn, Turn” by Pete Seeger
  3. “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley
  4. “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan
  5. “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets
  6. “If I Had A Hammer” by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger
  7. “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley
  8. “With God on Our Side” by Bob Dylan
  9. “I’ve Got A Woman” by Ray Charles
  10. “Blue Moon” by Elvis Presley
  11. “Tutti-Frutti” by Little Richard
  12. “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
  13. “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley
  14. “Georgia On My Mind” by Ray Charles
  15. “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” by Miracles

*I got many of the dates from here. Simply, any recording made before 1968 would be out of copyright if copyright was 42 years in 2010.

Inspirational Quote:

“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”— Anne Lamott
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