Company celebrates Independence Day weekend by claiming it owns ‘America The Beautiful’

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It’s Independence Day weekend in the United States and one firm is celebrating its freedom by sending legal notices. Music licensing firm Rumblefish hit AdaFruit, the online maker store, for using public domain composition ‘America The Beautiful’ in its video celebrating the holiday. In its blog post about the incident, AdaFruit claims it receives the following message via YouTube immediately after it posted its video of an Arduino in front of an American flag: The specific version of the song used in the clip is by the United States Navy Band. While ‘America The Beautiful’ is public domain, it’s possible that the US Navy…

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