posted on Jun, 15 2013 @ 01:44 PM
Really, everyone should take a moment from their busy day and call their switchboard or front desk for a deep and heart felt rendition of 'Happy
Birthday To You" ! Why, you may ask? Well.... We'd be breaking the law, as they see it. I'm just a rebel at heart and always have been. Aside from
that, this is so wrong it's hard to know where to begin!
MANHATTAN (CN) - Warner/Chappell Music has "extracted millions of dollars in unlawful licensing fees" for the 120-year-old "Happy Birthday"
song, which is in the public domain, Good Morning to You Productions claims in a federal class action.
There is no question that the song is in the public domain; the only question is how Warner/Chappell has bullied people into paying for it, Good
Morning to You says in the complaint.
Can you say Corporate Greed run amok, boys and girls? I knew ya could...
The complaint states: "More than 120 years after the melody to which the simple lyrics of 'Happy Birthday to You' is set was first published,
defendant Warner/Chappell boldly, but wrongfully and unlawfully, insists that it owns the copyright to 'Happy Birthday to You,' and with that
copyright the exclusive right to authorize the song's reproduction, distribution, and public performances pursuant to federal copyright
law. Defendant Warner/Chappell either has silenced those wishing to record or perform 'Happy Birthday to You' or has extracted millions of
dollars in unlawful licensing fees from those unwilling or unable to challenge its ownership claims.
(Source: Courthouse News
(emphasis added by me)
So, basically, we were all criminals at my kid's last Birthday Party at the local Pizza Place? It was a public establishment, after all. I can sadly
admit, the little criminals all belted out their unlicensed version of the song with passion and total disregard for proper licensing fees. (gasp) How
will I tell them all that they're now law breakers under US Civil Code for intellectual property?! Oh the humanity.......
File this under the drawer marked "Greed really CAN go too far for stupidity".