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  •  "Happy Birthday To You" is NOT copyrighted (0+ / 0-)

    It's a myth according to Robert Brauneis at George Washington University Law School in his research paper, Copyright and the World's Most Popular Song.

    "Happy Birthday to You" is the best-known and most frequently sung song in the world. Many - including Justice Breyer in his dissent in Eldred v. Ashcroft - have portrayed it as an unoriginal work that is hardly worthy of copyright protection, but nonetheless remains under copyright. Yet close historical scrutiny reveals both of those assumptions to be false. The song that became "Happy Birthday to You," originally written with different lyrics as "Good Morning to All," was the product of intense creative labor, undertaken with copyright protection in mind. However, it is almost certainly no longer under copyright, due to a lack of evidence about who wrote the words; defective copyright notice; and a failure to file a proper renewal application.
    Myth! Myth!
    Yeth? Yeth?
     [I couldn't help it]

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 08:47:32 PM PDT

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