In his last post, Glynsky asked the following music related question:
To close, the inimitable, wonderful, uplifting 3rd biggest grossing published song ever written (second was ‘White Christmas’ – can any commentator tell me the title of No.1, grossing £32,000,000!) – ‘ Pretty Woman’
If you are having a hard time understanding the question, don’t worry. You are in good company. Neither Pete, nor I got it. I went with record sales and you can see here, which songs supposedly sold how many. Yet all those numbers are guesstimates. Nobody has accurate sales numbers, certainly not worldwide.
Of course, our English word smith, pardon my coughing, then went on to defend his wording and insulted his fellow diabloggers. Is diablogger a word, or did I make that up and have copyright now?
Anyway. What Glynsky wanted to lead us to, – praise his great leadership -, is the song:
I was supposed to find out through Glynsky’s comment here
. But stupid me did not. Partially, because the idea of happy birthday being under copyright is mind-boggling.
But according to many sources, like Snopes here
and Mentalfloss here,
the song produces over two million US Dollars (US$2,000,000) in royalties annually since the 90s.
Side note to Glynsky, Led Zeppelin made over five hundred sixty million Dollars (US$560,000,000) from Stairway to Heaven so far, and counting. You do the math.
And the story gets better.
According to legal research here
by Robert Brauneis, George Washington University – Law School, Happy Birthday isn’t protected by copyright.
So why does someone collect royalties? Because nobody challenged that humbug yet.
And here comes the next funny thing.
There is a troll out there, who encourages you to call the authorities, whenever you hear someone singing happy birthday. No, really. Have a look:
What a nice prank.
Just imagine all of us bombarding ASCAP and Time Warner with copyright infringement notices after every birthday party. That would keep them busy. Kudos to the creator, Benjamin Mako Hill
We could start by singing Happy 90th Birthday to Carrol Shelby
, who died last year. He is the creator of the AC Cobra
my all time favorite classic racing car.
If you happen to own one, you can invite me anytime.
Waiting for Glynsky to tell me how the AC Cobra is all English.