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Offline GhostShip

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Happy Birthday To You !!!
« on: September 23, 2015, 06:12:59 AM »
A very apt peice of news  :lol:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34332853
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The company collecting royalties to "Happy Birthday To You" does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled. Warner/Chappell acquired the copyright - which was originally filed in 1935 - in 1988.
But Judge George King ruled that the original copyright was only granted for specific arrangements of the music, not the song itself. The tune was composed by two Kentucky sisters in 1893.
Mildred and Patty Hill called their version Good Morning To All, which later evolved into the version popular at birthday parties around the world.

The case against Warner/Chappell was launched in 2013 by Rupa Marya and Robert Siegel, who are making a film about the song.
The music publisher asked for $1,500 (£970) for the right to use "Happy Birthday To You" in the film. Ms Marya and Mr Siegel argued the song was in the public domain and should not be subject to copyright fees.

Judge King ruled that Summy had never acquired copyright to the song's words "The Hill sisters gave Summy Co the rights to the melody, and the rights to piano arrangements based on the melody, but never any rights to the lyrics," he said.

Justice at long last, now how will warner cope with the requests for refunds ??

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Re: Happy Birthday To You !!!
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2015, 06:41:27 AM »
Greedy pricks. Tryin to make money off a song that is as popular as national anthems. Oops dont wanna give them any ideas they might attempt to become even richer by copyrighting anthems next  :suspious:. Hope they end up payin Plenty on refunds  :)


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Re: Happy Birthday To You !!!
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2015, 04:25:27 PM »
Agreed Reef   :-D

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Re: Happy Birthday To You !!!
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2015, 01:58:17 AM »
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copyrighting anthems next  :suspious:


those are, by definition, public domain

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