This is not about somebody’s birthday. This is about the song. We had mentioned it on diablog before, here.
Now the good news, you can sing and play this evergreen when ever you want. Because a judge with his head on his shoulders and feet on the ground ruled, that:
All the ‘Happy Birthday’ song copyright claims are invalid.
For well over 80 years one shmock or another, all respected members of the music industry of course, claimed the copyright and collected royalties for the song. The last to do so was Warner/Chappell.
Now the song is declared public works, it is in the public domain, you are free to sing and play it. How much damage did the music industry do? Estimates are, Warner collected two million dollars annually. They pay 30% of that to a foundation, and their records indicate they collected over 750,000 last year.
If you still believe, there is something respectable in the “music business”, here is a little reminder from the 1970s:
This was on record covers and advertised. Now, was it accurate? No. Is it accurate? Neither.
And since then we heard that video is killing music, and online is killing music, and pirating is killing music. Music has been declared near dead by the music industry through every decade. Yet, there is more music composed and performed and available today than ever. The music industry makes those claims only, to fill its coffers, to tax you more.
I think it is high time, the shmocks in the music industry follow the dinosaurs. But that is just me.