Woody Guthrie had his own views on copyright law, which he often expressed on his lyric pages with a clear and humorous addendum.
R.E.M.'s most well-known songs ("Losing My Religion," "Everybody Hurts," "The One I Love," etc.) aren't necessarily the tunes fans gravitate toward. That's not to say the late, great Athens band's hits are bad -- or that their loyalists are how to write an essay snobby.