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Of course, but they pinched his arrangement practically note-for-note. For traditional songs that are out of copyright, the law grants the writer's share of the royalties to the arranger of the piece. Paul Simon met Carthy in London in 1962, and Carthy wrote down the song for him. Simon and Garfunkel didn't even correctly attribute the song as being traditional, crediting the song as "Simon and Garfunkel" rather than "Trad. Arr. Simon and Garfunkel", which annoyed Carthy more than the millions in royalties that are rightly his.
Carthy has always had a royalty-sharing deal with Topic Records, meaning that most of the money he makes from record sales gets reinvested in making recordings of artistically worthy but commercially unviable traditional music; Carthy's career success has subsidised English folk music for decades. If the Scarborough Fair royalties had been rightly attributed, they would have become an enormous endowment to support traditional music.
Not that we're still bitter or anything. Bastards.