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Mad Art Cast: Happy Birthday Quickie


This week, we have a quickie episode about the song “Happy Birthday to You,” the oppressive copyright that keeps people from singing it in public settings, and the court case that seeks to change that.

Some links:
An Old Songbook Could Put ‘Happy Birthday’ in the Public Domain on The New York Times

Happy Birthday Copyright Bombshell: New Evidence Warner Music Previously Hid Shows Song Is Public Domain on Techdirt

[Insert your hometown] Jingle story from This American Life

George Hrab’s Geologic Podcast

And of course, George Hrab’s own birthday song, “Happy Birthday Baby.” Enjoy!




Featured image by Omer Wazir, used with Creative Commons license

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