Is the song Ukrainian Bell Carol in the public domain?
Since the Ukranian Bell Carol was performed in the US prior to 1923, it should be in the public domain. However, certain arrangements of it may still be protected, for example the common English SATB setting by Peter Wilhousky, or David Foster's recent "new age" version, among many others. Sound recordings of the song (in any version) would also be protected. Cornell University maintains a very fine chart for reference (see link below).
Peter J. Wilhousky, 1936 "Carol of the Bells" (also known as the "Ukrainian Bell Carol") is a choral miniature work originally composed by the Ukrainian composerMykola Leontovych. It was later adapted into an English language version by Peter Wilhousky in the 1930s, and to this day is performed and sung worldwide during the Christmas season. An alternate English version ("Ring, Christmas Bells") featuring more Nativity-based lyrics, written by Minna Louise Hohman in 1947, is also…
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If you mean the theme music to the TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus, it is John Phillip Sousa's "The Liberty Bell". The Python guys were able to use it free of charge for their show because the song is "in the public domain" meaning that, like "Battle Hymn of the Republic", it's intellectual property rights have expired, been fore fitted, or are inapplicable. Essentially, no charge.