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‘Happy Birthday to You’ copyright suit filed in NY
Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2013 4:23 PM EDT

Posted on 06/13/2013 1:53:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai

A production company making a documentary about the song “Happy Birthday to You” has filed a lawsuit in New York over the copyright to it.

Good Morning To You Productions Corp. says in Thursday’s federal court filing Warner/Chappell Music Inc. has been collecting “Happy Birthday to You” licensing fees for years. …

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They were born in the zoo.
1 posted on 06/13/2013 1:53:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; Revolting cat!

Has Bob Dylan recorded this classic?


2 posted on 06/13/2013 1:58:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Olog-hai

“...federal court filing Warner/Chappell Music Inc. has been collecting “Happy Birthday to You” licensing fees for years.”

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Who have they been collecting them from? I thought Happy Birthday was public domain, and had been for years.


3 posted on 06/13/2013 1:59:39 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: a fool in paradise

I dunno, but SCTV had a skit about a record commercial for “Gordon Lightfoot Sings Every Song Ever Recorded” where Gord sings it. Or a close facsimile of Gord.


4 posted on 06/13/2013 1:59:57 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Lightfoot sings the national anthem was pretty good


5 posted on 06/13/2013 2:02:15 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Happy Birthday to You”, also known more simply as “Happy Birthday”, is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person’s birth. According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”. The song’s base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.[1], p. 17 The melody of “Happy Birthday to You” comes from the song “Good Morning to All”, which was written and composed by American siblings Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.[2][3] Patty was a kindergarten principal in Louisville, Kentucky, developing various teaching methods at what is now the Little Loomhouse;[4] Mildred was a pianist and composer.[1], p. 7 The sisters created “Good Morning to All” as a song that would be easy to be sung by young children.[1], p. 14

The combination of melody and lyrics in “Happy Birthday to You” first appeared in print in 1912, and probably existed even earlier.[1], pp. 31–32 None of these early appearances included credits or copyright notices. The Summy Company registered for copyright in 1935, crediting authors Preston Ware Orem and Mrs. R.R. Forman.[citation needed] In 1990, Warner/Chappell purchased the company owning the copyright for $15 million, with the value of “Happy Birthday” estimated at $5 million.[5] Based on the 1935 copyright registration, Warner claims that the United States copyright will not expire until 2030, and that unauthorized public performances of the song are technically illegal unless royalties are paid to it. In one specific instance in February 2010, these royalties were said to amount to $700.[6] In the European Union, the copyright of the song will expire on December 31, 2016.[7] The actual American copyright status of “Happy Birthday to You” began to draw more attention with the passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act in 1998. When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Act in Eldred v. Ashcroft in 2003, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer specifically mentioned “Happy Birthday to You” in his dissenting opinion.[8] American law professor Robert Brauneis, who extensively researched the song, has expressed strong doubts that it is still under copyright.[1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Birthday_to_You


6 posted on 06/13/2013 2:04:01 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Olog-hai

How about

Happy Birthday To You
You Live in a Zoo

You look like a monkey
And you smell like one, too


7 posted on 06/13/2013 2:05:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

Thank you Joe (Mr. Wikipedia) ProBono.


8 posted on 06/13/2013 2:06:56 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JoeProBono
Based on the 1935 copyright registration, Warner claims that the United States copyright will not expire until 2030

If it dates to 1912 then Warner Brothers' claim of copyright is baseless. Boycott Time-Lies-Warner-Turner.

9 posted on 06/13/2013 2:20:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Olog-hai

Well, it is my birthday today. :)


10 posted on 06/13/2013 2:20:41 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Olog-hai

Johnny Carson always looked chagrined when the audience broke out in song — Happy Birthday.

He would say ‘there goes another royalty payment.’


11 posted on 06/13/2013 2:23:00 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: freekitty
Happy Birthday!

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and

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12 posted on 06/13/2013 2:33:23 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Olog-hai
I doubt they made Marilyn pay a royalty - a gander at that dress is more than enough payment.


13 posted on 06/13/2013 2:40:10 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Olog-hai

No copyright protection duration should exceed Patents in years of protection.

The vile drug infested entertainment media crowd somehow think they are entitled to greater protection than someone who invents a new widget, process...

They just happened to find fellow comrades in the federal government.


14 posted on 06/13/2013 2:51:48 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

SCTV - one of the greatest sketch comedy shows to hit tv.


15 posted on 06/13/2013 3:09:14 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: b4its2late

Thank you.


16 posted on 06/13/2013 3:32:36 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty
Happy B day!! Looked for Hamster Dance...Best I could do.


17 posted on 06/13/2013 5:57:57 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Olog-hai
They were born in the zoo.

They look like a monkey
And probably fling their poo!

hey, it rhymed....

18 posted on 06/13/2013 5:59:25 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Orange1998

Ahh, thank you.


19 posted on 06/13/2013 9:59:40 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Glad to see you have sense of humor. :)


20 posted on 06/13/2013 10:14:50 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

LOL


21 posted on 06/14/2013 12:02:27 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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