It's the melody and lyrics that can have a Copyright , not the chords or even the title of the song.
As such, I'll make every effort possible to only show the lyrics or melody to songs that I have permission for or that are in the Public Domain . I'll provide to sites that have the lyrics and let them fight it out with the lawyers.
All Material Related to Songs on this site is intended for Education Purposes Only
A published arrangement to a song, even a Public Domain song can have a copyright.
Here are a few resources regarding copyrights:
An original copyright holder have exclusive rights for 95 years. Then a songs goes into the public domain.
Songwriters also hold the mechanical rights to the song, which means that a write can collect royalties for recorded versions of their song.
Public performances of a copyrighted song also require a license to ensure that the copyright holder is compensated. Typically the venue obtains a license to have copyrighted songs performed. This the ASCAP, BMI, etc. organization that collect and distribute the fess to the publishing companies and songwriters.