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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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A B Kovacs is the Director of Døøm at Empty Set Entertainment, a publishing company she co-founded with critical thinker and fiction author Scott Sigler. She considers herself a “Creative Adjacent” — helping creative people be more productive and prolific by managing the logistics of Making for the masses. She's a science nerd, a rabid movie geek, and an unrepentantly voracious reader. She doesn't like chocolate all that much.

1 Comment

  1. September 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    They won! It’s in the public domain!

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