We Shall Overcome not covered by copyright
Civil rights movement anthem “We Shall Overcome” has been ruled to be in the public domain, with the Southern District of New York deciding that 1960 and 1963 applications for a copyright in the song were significantly flawed
The Southern District of New York has ruled that the first
verse of "We Shall Overcome", a song that became associated
with the US civil rights movement, was adapted from an older
work and was not original enough to qualify...
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