I first wrote about it in 2013: short version is, the people who ostensibly owned ‘Happy Birthday’ have been real nasty about it, the better to rake in about two million bucks a year in royalties. Well, the gravy train may have derailed:
The world’s most popular English-language song is potentially free from copyright after a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that filmmakers challenging Warner/Chappell Music’s hold on “Happy Birthday to You” should be granted summary judgment.
(H/T Instapundit) …This song is over a hundred years old and special interests have flagrantly abused the current copyright system, to the point where it’s almost blatantly unconstitutional and I wish somebody would take the whole rotten edifice to court. Until then, at least they’re pushing back on this particular egregious example of cronyism at work. I’ll take what I can get.
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And hey, the ruling happened on my (and Bilbo and Frodo Baggins) birthday. What are the odds?
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