[78-L] Happy Birthday to You too

Tim Brooks tbroo2 at yahoo.com.invalid
Fri Sep 25 15:18:51 PDT 2015

Peggy Hill wrote the original "Good Morning to You" lyrics. Nobody knows who wrote the "Happy Birthday" lyrics, which started turning up in the 1910s. That was one of the issues in the trial. Maybe you can sing "Happy Birthday" before December 31, 2016!
There is an explanation of this case by Bruce Epperson in the forthcoming ARSC Journal.
Tim B.

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 23:46:20 +0200
From: Kristjan Saag <saag at telia.com.invalid>
Subject: Re: [78-L] Happy "Happy Birthday"!
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In the EU the copyright for "Happy Birthday" expires, anyway, on 
December 31, 2016, 70 years after the death of the last copyright 
holder, Peggy Hill, who wrote the words.
On that day we may sing: Happy Dying Day to you, dear Peggy..." if it 
weren't for our good manners.

On 2015-09-23 10:27, Julian Vein wrote:
> It seems that the copyright for "Happy Birthday To You" only applies 
> to specific arrangements! The first recorded version by Ray Towers on 
> Bluebird (1935, when it all seems to have started) contains no 
> composer credits or publisher on the label. http://tiny.cc/8i6q3x 
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