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copyright issue ?

is it necessary to have PERMISSION to print text of    e.e.cummings poem   "i thank YOU God for most this amazing day" ??
we are performing Whitacre setting.
would like to print text in program.
 
is this OK without written permission ??
thanks for help
Replies (8): Threaded | Chronological
on January 23, 2014 6:08am
I poked around the Net for awhile and didn't find copyright info for this poem. Seems to me it must be under copyright. Does some scholarly site take questions? Cummings went to Harvard, but knowing that might not help. Does his daughter hold the rights? Is she still alive?
 
How about Whitacre? Does his score show text credit/source/permission? Knowing that Whitacre's a big time pro makes me think he wouldn't take such a dumb chance as to improperly appropriate the poem. If the score shows nothing more than the poet's name, you're probably safe printing the poem in the program. 
 
Probably. I'm still uneasy, of course, because I've had the same kind of question, and enough digging has sometimes shown me that No, you can't do that. I don't want my stuff ripped off, and the Golden Rule applies here. 
 
I hope you can print the poem. Failing that, you or an appointed excellent reader could read it to the audience just before the piece. 
 
on January 23, 2014 8:00am
My guess is that it is still under copyright, and you do need permission.
I found this: 
"i thank you God for this" © 1950 1978 1991 by the trustees of the E. E. Cummings Trust, ©1979 by George James Firmage from Complete Poems 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings edited by George J. Firmage, used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation
Here's a link:
Applauded by an audience of 2
on January 24, 2014 3:23pm
my question really is, "Once a composer has permission and composes a setting of a text (i thank You God),  and I purchase the scores, and pay the performance rights, do I have the right to print 
that text in the concert program,  or do I need ADDITIONAL permission to print the text???"
 
 
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on February 21, 2014 10:35am
I too would love to know the answer to this question as stated "
"Once a composer has permission and composes a setting of a text (i thank You God),  and I purchase the scores, and pay the performance rights, do I have the right to print 
that text in the concert program,  or do I need ADDITIONAL permission to print the text???"
 
Anyone?
on February 22, 2014 6:12am
 
Scroll down to "The Most Frequently Asked Questions" section.
 
 
Scroll down to question #10.
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on February 22, 2014 6:53am
HI Bing,
Yes, you still need to obtain permission from the publisher to re-print the text.
-Rich
on February 22, 2014 8:28am
meaning the text publisher.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on February 22, 2014 8:26am
You can first ask the music publisher or (living) composer about this. We can answer right away in most cases since some of us have already cleared this when we formalize "set-to-music" agreements with text owners. This saves you having to track down the text owner and wait weeks or months for a clearance.
 
Paul Carey
www.paulcarey.net
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