In 2009, Pete Seeger wrote the following:
"...Since about 1940 it had been standard practice in the music industry for performers when recording an old song in the public domain, to copyright the song, because they had `adapated and arranged it.' Now they receive royalty payments as songwriters as well as performers..."
from--Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, selected and edited by Rob Rosenthal and Sam Rosenthal)
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