Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy Birthday to Happy Birthday to You!

Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake
The world's most popular song, sung somewhere in the world every minute of the day, according to Chase's Calendar of Events, has an interesting history. While it was composed innocently enough by a pair of sisters, it was later copyrighted and then the rights purchased by Warner/Chappell, who have collected royalties every year by those using the song commercially. This company believes it owns the copyright until 2030, but the entire convoluted history is worth reading on Wikipedia. As long as you aren't charging anyone to hear you sing it, you should be safe!

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