Charles Seeger (Pete's Father)
"Perhaps the Russians have done the right thing, after all, in abolishing copyright. It is well known that
conscious and unconscious appropriation, borrowing, adapting, plagiarizing, and plain stealing are
variously, and always have been, part and parcel of the process of artistic creation. The attempt to make
sense out of copyright reaches its limit in folk song. For here is the illustration par excellence of the law of
Plagiarism. The folk song is, by definition and, as far as we can tell, by reality, entirely a product of
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