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June 19, 2008

Happy Birthday? That will be $12.50

I feel like a megaphone for boingboing today.

However, this post caught my eye.

Who knew there was a copyright issue with Happy Birthday? Apparently professor Robert Brauneis did.

Imagine if the royalty rates were the same as the AP is proposing for bloggers quoting its stories?

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Dirk, Happy Birthday to you." : $12.50

But don't do the second verse, or it will bump you into the second price band.

I first head about this controversy when the good professor was a guest on the very good Sound Opinions radio program that airs on NPR with the voices of Chicago music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. That aired a few weeks back. Good to see that the news is getting out there about this.

This entry is tagged: boingboing, copyright, Happy Birthday, NPR, Sound Opinions

Posted by bmiraski at June 19, 2008 4:57 PM