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Archived updates for Friday, March 18, 2005

TGIF for the Happy Birthday Song Copyright

According to the folks at, "If you have seen someone singing Happy Birthday in a restaurant, a park, or at a school, you should tell ASCAP so that they can arrange for a license. If you are an offender, you should apologize and offer to pay whatever is due — a nickel, a quarter, a dollar — whatever ASCAP demands. There is an overwhelming amount of copyright infringement of Happy Birthday. Let's right the balance and tell ASCAP about every one of these violations!"

According to, "Happy Birthday to You" brings in about $2 million in royalties annually.

Happy Friday to You,

--Bill Heinze
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