"Happy Birthday", copyright 1935, has had its copyright renewed.
That's why restaurants with waiters who sing to you on your birthday
sometimes use a "corporate" birthday tune instead. They're not paying
the license fee.
Did I hear a rumor that Michael Jackson (yes, "the" Michael Jackson)
purchased the rights to "Happy Birthday" and numerous other popular
By the by, American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) has a "blanket"
ASCAP and BMI license agreement so that its chapters are covered
for public theatre organ performances and conventions. This way,
each chapter doesn't have to deal with this individually.
Also, the first time _anyone_ has _any_ work _they've_ copyrighted,
written, or published, their attitude about all this hassle changes
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