There's a great story on Wired News (and elsewhere in previous days) about a copyright lawsuit against the two brothers who produced the brilliant "This Land" campaign parody. The people who own the rights to Woody Guthrie's songs, the Richmond Organization, have demanded "This Land" be removed from the Net because the brothers stole Guthrie's music. The Wired News story ends with this note on Guthrie's reported wishes regarding the song's copyright:
"According to various Internet sources, including the website of the Museum of Musical Instruments in Santa Cruz, California, Guthrie allegedly wrote, 'This song is copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do.' "