Happy Birthday To You - Best selling Song

Last Update: June 20, 2017

It came as a shock to me when I realized that you could not sing the "Happy Birthday to You" song in a public venue without paid permission from Warner in the U.S.A.

The rest of the world, except Europe, was singing it in English as well as several other languages without any fear of litigation.

A birthday celebration is not complete without singing Happy Birthday To You no matter the language. Probably at home parties, you could sing it without fear, but in public places like restaurants and an auditorium you'd have to think twice.

Then came another shocker. After collecting millions of dollars in licensing fees, a judge determined that Warner did not hold the copyrights to the song but only to one particular piano arrangement of the song but not to the lyrics or melody. It is estimated this song collected more revenues than any other song.

So just how many other works of art are out there that should be public domain yet remain under bogus or perceived copyrights?

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Gemini20 Premium
Wow! Amazing. Thanks for the info. A lot of restaurants in South Africa make their stuff sing it to clients on their birthdays.
I guess they also, just like me, didn't know that.
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browzman Premium
Yes, we are sometimes oblivious to what is out there. Thank you for your reply.
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Renet Premium
Unique question Browzman, thank you. I did not know any of it.

Rene
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browzman Premium
Glad you liked it.
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cizamazula Premium
Very interesting.
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browzman Premium
Glad you found it interesting.
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MKearns Premium
I always wondered and could find no information on line. Is there a refrain to break "Happy Birthday down to?!
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browzman Premium
I can't find any.
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pablocortina Premium
Interesting information. I didn't know that. Thank you
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browzman Premium
Glad to know, Pablo.
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