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Maybe the Happy Birthday lawsuit will be settled by my *next* birthday October 28, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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“Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fees to use it in public performances. Those fees, however, are much lower than a copyright lawsuit would be, so everyone shrugs and pays them. Until now.” (Update from last August.)

“Rather than risk a lawsuit, Zazzle responded this week by temporarily banning all garments featuring the 3,000-year-old symbol.

“BTW one of Watson’s wives is pre- and one post-1923. Sort of like playing the dozens (“Your mama is in the public domain”).”

“Said dean reportedly called for an emergency meeting, concerned that this small, unsettlingly agile girl in a T-shirt was Schmidt’s way of announcing his intention to claim all the spoils a New Jersey community college has to offer, by force if necessary.” Aggressive overreactions to defend against nonexistent threats: not just for Tumblr anymore.

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