You know all the words to Happy Birthday to You. You’ve heard it and you’ve sung it throughout your life. If you’ve done a little reading about that song, you’ve no doubt learned that the song is not in the public domain and is still under a copyright. In fact, Warner/Chappell Music, the company that states it holds the copyright to that song makes about $2 million dollars a year off of it.
However, a court case, Good Morning to You Productions Corp. vs. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., is proceeding in Federal court in California which challenges that copyright. Now new evidence has come to light at the last minute (and yes, that evidence is the photo above) in that case. It appears to demonstrate that Happy Birthday to You has been in the public domain since the 1920s. To read more about this fascinating case, check out a recent post about it on TechDirt by clicking here.
I previously noted that the U. S. Postal Service would be issuing a stamp honoring Elvis Presley this month. Elvis finally arrived at the Post Office earlier this week. Shown above is the front and back of the sheet of 16 forever stamps, which sells for $7.84. Elvis might not be in all Post Offices (the small one near me doesn’t have the stamp yet) but the stamp should be available at most of them.