My friend Aaron reminded me yesterday of an article by GWU Law Professior Brauneis about the debated copyright status of “Happy Birthday To You.” I wrote about it last May. Long story short: there are at least three good reasons why that song is technically in the public domain – and still, millions of dollars are made annually on the licensing of the song.
Stephen Colbert sang it on the air for Lincoln’s birthday last week. The host at the restaurant I went to last night for my birthday sang it. I wonder if either of them opted to get the license.
If you have time, be sure to read Prof. Brauneis’ article (you can find it here). Hope you enjoy.