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originally posted by: GogoVicMorrow
a reply to: greencmp
Ironically "Happy Birthday" had always been copyrighted. That is, until this week, when it was taken from the copyright holder and placed into the public domain.
originally posted by: greencmp
Wow, I did not know that. It sounds suspicious but, I'll take your word for it.
I suppose it was fortunate for everybody that they weren't particularly litigious.
It certainly proves the point that patents and copyrights, at least after some period of time, do not protect, enable or encourage anyone though they can do the opposite.
originally posted by: charlyv
But really, is this not basically unconstitutional?
In the spirit of how it was pulled off, it seems an outright exploit that violates our rights.
Not a lawyer, but it certainly seems to me to be a case here.