copyright on the raven : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

hello, my name is danny and i have a band named fatal. for one of our songs, we would like to sing the poem "The Raven" to some music, but we fear a law suit. so i would ask you to help me by providing me with thoes i need to contact to avoid a law suit if u know what company it might be. thank you very much


-- Anonymous, April 14, 2003


i would like to hear you play some time

-- Anonymous, April 16, 2003

No fear about copyright. Poe's texts belong to public "domain" since almost 120 years. But only Poe's true texts, not their (recent) adaptations (cfr., e.g., the partially re-written version by Lou Reed), nor any commentary on them (bibliographical ones, for example, identifying Poe's unsigned contributions; if the case, you must precise your source and get permission to use it). In any case, no real problem. Good luck. Yours sincerely, Raven's Shade (Belgium). P.S. The excellent Lou Reed "Raven"'s Albums are in perfect keeping with Poe's art, fancy and imagination, to my mind, at least. What do you think about it?

-- Anonymous, April 18, 2003

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