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Happy Birthday to You isn’t copyrighted???

In a comment to a distressing post about YouTube automatically taking down any video that contains any copyrighted material, even if it’s covered by Fair Use, a commenter posts a seemingly learned post explaining why “Happy Birthday” may indeed not be under copyright.

And to think of all the years I spent singing “For She’s a Jolly Good Birthday” instead!

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One Response to “Happy Birthday to You isn’t copyrighted???”

  1. If you want to know more about why Happy Birthday isn’t covered by copyright, there was a whole (fascinating) paper about it:

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1111624

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