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  • 3.4 Arrangement in the Public Domain
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After the copyright has expired, musical compositions can be arranged without restrictions. This also means that the original composer's consent is not required to publish the arrangement. Whether or not a musical composition is in public domain, can be found out by looking at when the composer died. For example, with copyright protecting a composition for 70 years after the end of the year during which the composer died, Jean Sibelius' (died in 1957) music will fall into public domain in 2028.

There is also so-called traditional music (trad.) that does not have known authors. Such music is in the public domain, i.e. not protected by copyright in its original form. Here are some examples of traditional compositions that are in the public domain:

  • Taivas on sininen ja valkoinen (Finland)
  • Oolannin sota (Finland)
  • Tiernapojat (Finland)
  • Karjalan kunnailla (Finland)
  • House of the rising sun (USA)
  • If you're happy and you know it (USA)
  • Oh, when we march (USA)
  • Nobody knows (USA)
  • Red River Valley (USA)
  • Kumbaya (South Africa)
  • Porsaita äidin oomme kaikki
  • Old MacDonald had a farm (England)
  • Tiritomba (Italy)
  • Auld Lang Syne (Scotland)
  • Loch Lomond (Scotland)

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