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Upon a songwriter's death, copyright ownership passes to his heirs, so Johnson's work was the property of his half sister, as he did properly copyright the songs while living. However, 2008 is the 70th anniversary of his death, and according to copyright law, the copyright expires 70 years after the artist's death, so wait a month and they will be public domain.

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