Happy Birthday…please pay

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If I were to start typing “Happy Birthday too you….” I’d be besieged by lawyers before I even finished the post. This song, first published by a pair of sisters in 1893, has been copyrighted by the Warner corporation who have been charging anyone who dares use it.

Now, okay you can understand them charging other movie studio’s to include it in films. Should you ever wonder why Americans in movies only sing “for he’s a jolly good fellow” at birthday’s this is why. But charging care homes and children’s Birthday party’s? I mean can you imagine explaining that to a five year old, no the clown can’t sing you that song, it would cost him $1,500.

Quite clearly this demonstrates the absurdity of copyright laws and illogical extremes they’ll be taken too by companies.

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