IT has finally happened:
In his ruling King went into great detail about the history of Happy Birthday To You, and its derivation from Good Morning to All.
That song was written by sisters Mildred Hill and Patty Hill sometime before 1893, the judge said, adding that the sisters assigned the rights to it and other songs to Clayton F. Summy, who copyrighted and published them in a book titled Song Stories for the Kindergarten.
“The origins of the lyrics to Happy Birthday … are less clear,” the judge continued, adding the first known reference to them appeared in a 1901 article in the Inland Educator and Indiana School Journal.
The full lyrics themselves, King said, didn’t appear in print until 1911.
Since then, they have become the most famous lyrics in the English language, according to Guinness World Records. The song is also sung in countless other languages around the world.
“Happy Birthday to You” finally in the Public Domain.
Can we finally agree that copyright and trademarks are bizarre concepts that have had serious unintended consequences – mostly owing to the advances in technology giving rise to a monocultural.
There is a difference between a song that is written and performed by a talented person and a song that is meant for the masses as normalizing social behaviors.
But songs, are not meant to be only for one person and singers interpret words and give new emotional insights and resonances to other songs.
this is why we need to consider tech implications and not turn consumers into criminals for using the tools sold and provided to them.
Music was meant to be shared, licks lifted and re-positioned, transposed, they are music rna strands, musical memes, rhyme and time
the rhythm the beat and the melody
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