Peter Yarrow Of Peter, Paul & Mary Tells NOM To Stop Using Their Song

Aug 27, 2010 Full story: lezgetreal.com 19

Peter Yarrow is apparently rather angry with the National Organization for Marriage. One of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary sent Brian Brown of NOM a cease and desist order regarding the use of the cover version of “This Land is Your Land” that was done by Peter, Paul & Mary. Of course, perhaps explaining to Brown and company that the song that they are busy using as their anthem is actually a socialist song,

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Leftatalbuquerqu e

Toronto, Canada

#1 Aug 27, 2010
They have awoken the ire of the bastions of 60's Folk. Joan Baez too has stuff to say about this.

A shame so many of that cohort turned the sentiments of the Summer of Love into a career path of being bank managers. As a GenX, I've often wondered what happened to the "big kids" I used to idolize.

Some would say they "grew up" - but did they have to abandon their dreams to do it?

“Married as I can be!”

Since: Jun 07

Las Vegas

#2 Aug 27, 2010
You can read more about this in depth at Prop 8 Trial Tracker. Peter Yarrow was informed that their song was being used for the NOM tour by one of the regular posters there, and wrote the cease and desist letter at her urging.

http://prop8trialtracker.com/
Kathleen

Pasadena, CA

#3 Aug 27, 2010
The letter is signed by both Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter and Paul of P,P&M).

“I'm not gay, I'm celisexual!”

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#4 Aug 27, 2010
Leftatalbuquerque wrote:
They have awoken the ire of the bastions of 60's Folk. Joan Baez too has stuff to say about this.
A shame so many of that cohort turned the sentiments of the Summer of Love into a career path of being bank managers. As a GenX, I've often wondered what happened to the "big kids" I used to idolize.
Some would say they "grew up" - but did they have to abandon their dreams to do it?
GenXer's rock!
Kathleen

Pasadena, CA

#5 Aug 27, 2010
I'm the person who contacted Peter Yarrow. I want to make it clear that I only notified him of use of the recording, stating that I was sure he would want to know.

It did not take any urging on my part for Peter and Noel Paul to send the letter to NOM - that was their immediate and unprompted reaction to learning of the recording's use at NOM rallies.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#6 Aug 27, 2010
Woody Guthrie is undoubtedly rolling over in his grave.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#7 Aug 27, 2010
Peter, Paul & Mary is one of my FAV groups ever. I recently wrote Mr. Stookey and asked him if he could write a gay version of "The Wedding Song".
Bill Bailey

United States

#8 Aug 27, 2010
Peter, Paul and Mary sang about Love. How any group could use one of their songs to spread their hate is beyond me. I think it's time for Puff to come kick some ass.

“Homosapien ”

Since: Jan 07

Minneapolis

#9 Aug 27, 2010
Yea, it's too bad a group like NOM who doesn't believe that "this is our land" would steal this song and use it for their evil purposes. Peter, Paul and Mary are not about bigotry and hatred, how did they ever get the idea to use this song?

Since: Jul 09

Fort Myers, FL

#10 Aug 27, 2010
JohnInToronto wrote:
Woody Guthrie is undoubtedly rolling over in his grave.
John, I'm glad you posted that.
I wonder if his estate is protecting the rights to one of the most famous equal rights anthems ever penned. For NOM to have hijacked that song is a travesty but I'm note sure what Peter Yarrow can do about it. It may be public domain.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#11 Aug 27, 2010
IndyStefan wrote:
<quoted text>
John, I'm glad you posted that.
I wonder if his estate is protecting the rights to one of the most famous equal rights anthems ever penned. For NOM to have hijacked that song is a travesty but I'm note sure what Peter Yarrow can do about it. It may be public domain.
It's not public domain. It remains the property of the copyrightholder, or his estate for at least 70 years after his death.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#12 Aug 27, 2010
IndyStefan wrote:
<quoted text>
John, I'm glad you posted that.
I wonder if his estate is protecting the rights to one of the most famous equal rights anthems ever penned. For NOM to have hijacked that song is a travesty but I'm note sure what Peter Yarrow can do about it. It may be public domain.
The song itself might be in the public domain, but recordings of Peter, Paul and Mary performing it is most likely not, especially since a cease and desist order wouldn't have been issued if they didn't still own the rights to it.

It just goes to show (again) that these self-described "good christians" don't allow themselves to be inconvenienced by "Thou Shalt Not Steal" when it comes to their mission to hate gays.

Since: Jul 09

Fort Myers, FL

#13 Aug 27, 2010
Frank Stanton wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not public domain. It remains the property of the copyrightholder, or his estate for at least 70 years after his death.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie#Co...
AlbVideographer

Ballston Spa, NY

#14 Aug 27, 2010
You can find a video of NOM using this song at a rally here:

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#15 Aug 27, 2010
Peter and Paul ... please, please, please SUE THEIR ARSES !!!

“laugh until your belly hurts”

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#16 Aug 27, 2010
IndyStefan wrote:
<quoted text>
John, I'm glad you posted that.
I wonder if his estate is protecting the rights to one of the most famous equal rights anthems ever penned. For NOM to have hijacked that song is a travesty but I'm note sure what Peter Yarrow can do about it. It may be public domain.
the song may be, but i understand that they were using the peter , paul and mary recording of it.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#17 Aug 27, 2010
IndyStefan wrote:
<quoted text>
John, I'm glad you posted that.
I wonder if his estate is protecting the rights to one of the most famous equal rights anthems ever penned. For NOM to have hijacked that song is a travesty but I'm note sure what Peter Yarrow can do about it. It may be public domain.
It's not public domain. And people often infringe on other people's copyrights, particularly songs and music. Numerous politicians campaigns have been caught doing it over the years.

“Marriage=Love+Co mmitment.....”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#18 Aug 28, 2010
I'm surprised they didn't change the words to "This land is your land, unless you're gay, then it's really MY land.

“Married as I can be!”

Since: Jun 07

Las Vegas

#19 Sep 5, 2010
Kathleen wrote:
I'm the person who contacted Peter Yarrow. I want to make it clear that I only notified him of use of the recording, stating that I was sure he would want to know.
It did not take any urging on my part for Peter and Noel Paul to send the letter to NOM - that was their immediate and unprompted reaction to learning of the recording's use at NOM rallies.
Hey Kathleen, my P8TT legal heroine! Joel here. I'm a regular denizen of these parts.

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