Federal Judge rules Happy Birthday to You no longer copyrighted

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
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6 years ago
1,227 posts

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Susie
Susie
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6 years ago
445 posts

Thanks Robin!

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 years ago
1,227 posts

Susie:
Happy Birthday to me then (really....today's my day). 

Happy birthday, Susie! 

Susie
Susie
@susie
6 years ago
445 posts

Happy Birthday to me then (really....today's my day). 

Kristi Keller
Kristi Keller
@kristi-keller
6 years ago
84 posts

When I was a child we hung a "Baby Jesus" stocking with familys'. And we sang Happy Birthday to Him. Any cash gifts were shared with the child and given to our church. I am very happy to no longer be breaking the law....   


updated by @kristi-keller: 11/10/15 03:14:48PM
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 years ago
812 posts

That's the next phase of litigation. We will see what the judge decides.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
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@dusty-turtle
6 years ago
1,483 posts

A victory for people and a strike against corporate greed!

 

I wonder if Warner will be obligated to pay back all those royalties they demanded over the years.




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k0k0peli
@k0k0peli
6 years ago
21 posts

My childhood version was a slight variation:

. Happy birthday to you / You belong in a zoo / You look like a monkey / And you smell like one, too

But the last few decades, I do the Hare Krishna version:

. Happy birthday / Happy birthday / Birthday, birthday / Happy, happy

No copyright issues with either of those.

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 years ago
1,227 posts

Don't forget the alternate lyrics--  my favorite lyrics at one time.  I assume these were never copyright protected.   :) 

Happy birthday to you

You live in the zoo

You look like a monkey

And you act like one, too!   

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 years ago
2,013 posts

Notice how Happy Birthday doesn't even have a "B part"?   ...'cause the candles are melting and so is the ice cream, so hurry it up!  cake




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Dan
Dan
@dan
6 years ago
138 posts

I play it bagpipe...

0  0  1  0  3  2

0  0  1  0  4  3

0  0  7  5  3  2  1

6  6  5  3  4  3

James Phillips
James Phillips
@james-phillips
6 years ago
87 posts

Could someone email me a tab of that for the dulcimer?  

Dan
Dan
@dan
6 years ago
138 posts

Can we do that as a monthly challenge? lol

Patty from Virginia
Patty from Virginia
@patty-from-virginia
6 years ago
233 posts

Well, it's about time! The copyright was no longer benefiting the family, just some corporation. 

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 years ago
812 posts

Well, how about that! Happy Birthday everyone!!

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."