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Re: [videoblogging] Re: Taking my videos down (Freeplay Music discussion)

By Stephanie Bryant | Stephanie Bryant <mortaine@...> | mortaine
August 7, 2005 | Post #19169 | Topic #19008

Yes, but if you sing a variant on Happy Birthday-- ANY variant-- in which y= ou change the lyrics (except for celebrant's name) and/or tune, then you ha= ve a good fight available. Why? Because "Good Morning to You," which is a = nearly identical tune to Happy Birthday, is public domain (it is, in fact, = what the Hill sisters based their version of the song on). It is the same, = except that in Happy Birthday, the first note of each line is two eights in= stead of a quarter note (i.e., it is two beats instead of one). For instan= ce, "Happy Birthday to you, you live in a zoo" ought to be defensible in co= urt. After all, it is parody, among other reasons. But I'm not a lawyer an= d if you get sued for it, your defense had better not be "But mortaine said= it was okay!" Although.... does anyone want to do a parody-birthday song = collaborative project? THAT would be a fun Videoblogging promo and would ha= ve the added benefit of giving back to the world (people could email it to = their favorite birthday person) and risk us all getting sued by Time/Warner= and getting tons and tons of publicity for vlogging as a result. --Stepha= nie On 8/6/05, Joshua Kinberg <jkinberg@...> wrote: > Here's the sto= ry of the happy birthday song: > http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/birthday= .htm -- Stephanie Bryant mortaine@... http://www.mortaine.com