As the copyright owner of a song, can another artist decide to change its title? Or should that be open to change by a performer who wants to perform the song?

  • With apologies to the Gershwins, it ain't necessarily so! And what's more, you say either and I say either; you say neither and I say neither; either, either; neither, neither; Let's call the whole thing off. Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 3:48
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    While titles aren't really protected, a right of attribution is in most countries other than the U.S. under the concept of "moral rights". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_rights
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 14:42

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Copyright doesn't prevent others from calling your work whatever they want to call your work.

Look at 17 U.S. Code § 106, which lists the rights exclusively reserved to the copyright owner.

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