Public Domain Songs
What is Public Domain
No one can claim ownership of a song in the public domain, therefore public domain songs may be used by anyone. Music recordings, however, are copyright protected separately from musical compositions.
There are no sound recordings in the Public Domain in the USA.
If you need a music recording - even a recording of a public domain song - you will either have to record it yourself or license a Royalty Free Music recording.
To prove public domain status in the USA, you MUST find a published copy of the song with a copyright date of 1922 or earlier. Most PD works have arrangements under copyright protection, and new arrangements must be derived from a PD source. PD status is determined by the laws of the country where the music is used. ( from the PD Info site )
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