The Internationale, Commodified

Old news, I know, but worth repeating today. Le Monde reported last month that the Internationale, Pierre Degeyter and Eugène Pottier’s great nineteenth-century anthem of world socialism, is still under copyright, as Degeyter died as recently as 1932, and under the current intellectual property regime, it won’t fall into the public domain until 2014.

And, yes, the copyright holders are continuing to demand royalties from film-makers and broadcasters when snatches of the song are heard.

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