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flailingfingers
09-23-2015, 03:58 AM
The song has been a money-making phenom under copyright forever. Finally it is free.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/23/us-judge-rules-happy-birthday-is-public-domain-throws-out-copyright-claim

In the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz Song Book #1 a brief hstory of "Happy Birthday" copyright is given: "This copyright is still in force and under current law the tune will not enter the public domain until 2030....it should have entered ...by 1991. The yearly royalty payments amount to $2 million dollars ..."

flailingfingers
09-23-2015, 08:16 AM
added a bit of history. Sang this yesterday to my granddaughter ... for free.

k0k0peli
09-23-2015, 09:01 AM
Bothers me not -- I've been singing the Hare Krishna version for years:


Happy birthday / Happy birthday / Birthday birthday / Happy happy!
(repeat as needed)

Cornfield
09-23-2015, 10:53 AM
Maybe our Season's section will do a week of just "Happy Birthday" videos?

Tootler
09-23-2015, 11:19 AM
Maybe our Season's section will do a week of just "Happy Birthday" videos?

Not when I'm hosting - which happens to be next week. :rulez:

PeteyHoudini
09-23-2015, 02:08 PM
Maybe our Season's section will do a week of just "Happy Birthday" videos?

Luv that idea! I would certainly join in!!!

Petey