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Yet more crazy copyright

by erikmerkley / January 23, 2006 9:35 AM PST

Hey all,
I read in a trivia book that the song "Happy Birthday to you" is copyrighted. It sounded pretty crazy, so I did some research.

Sure enough, it is still in copyright.
http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/birthday.asp

And the copyright is owned (through a string of takeovers in the last century) by AOL Time Warner. It apparently brings in over $2 million annually in royalties.

If you sing Happy Birthday in a public place (like a restaurant), you legally require a licence.

TO THE RECORD COMPANIES:
THIS. IS. INSANE.

I reckon this might deserve a Molly rant (or are they copyrighted?)

Cheers,
Erik

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Yep
by Dilbert278 / January 23, 2006 10:14 AM PST

Mad, isnt it?

Oh, and also, has anyone seen the documentory 'The Corperation'?

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Molly Rant (TM)
by pkscout / January 23, 2006 11:39 AM PST

I don't think Molly rants are copyrighted, but I'm pretty sure they're trademarked. Wink

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