This is something that popped up in the Slashdot forums today while they were discussing [Slashdot forums] this article on iTunes' International music selling policy [Slate.com]. Its a little biographical page about a Japanese song, "Sukiyaki", that briefly topped the American music charts. LINK [maddmansrealm.com] The song is interesting, but from what I gather, its copyright has expired, and the website has a few versions of the song available for download (scroll down the page). I'm always a sucker for free music...and I know there are a myriad of sites out there that allow you to download music for free, but what strikes me about this is that the song is an American chart topping song. I wonder if there are other sites out there that are legally hosting chart topping music for download. I guess my questions are: 1) What's the copyright status of music (end of copyright period, what makes them public domain)? 2) Does anybody know of other chart-topping copyright free music that is available on the internets? And where is it? If anything I hope you enjoy the link to this song.