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You sure know the song 'Popcorn' (link to wikipedia). I couldn't find out under what license this song is. Has the copyright already lapsed or do I have to pay for using it?

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about legal issues. –  American Luke Feb 19 at 23:11

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The composer Gershon Kingsley is still alive in the U.S.A. where he composed this song. If you manage to have him die within this year, the copyright will lapse in 2104 according to current rules if I am not mistaken.

However, the lobbying of Disney Corp. has been effective in keeping Walt Disney's work out of the Public Domain by retroactive copyright extension acts. As a rule of thumb, any work created by anybody who was still alive in 1966 (the year Walt Disney died) will never enter the Public Domain as long as there is no revolution in the U.S.A. As long as corporations are permitted to give congress members money according to the laws they want to see passed, anybody having survived Walt Disney will never have his works pass into the Public Domain, ever.

So don't expect to be able to perform Popcorn without royalties in 2104 even if you manage to off Kingsley soonish.

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