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"Happy Birthday" Will Cost You

Did you know that the “Happy Birthday” song, formally known as “Happy Birthday to You”, is the most recognized song in the english language? Then why is it that your favorite restaurant has decided to steer away from the highly popular song and create their own celebratory ditty? Its because the restaurant does not want to pay royalties. Yes, the "Happy Birthday" song is copyrighted. The song comes from the tune "Good Morning to All", written by two sisters, Patty and Mildred J. Hill in 1893. Their "Good Morning to You" song became so popular with Patty's kindergarten class that, myth has it, the sisters began singing it at their students birthdays changing the lyrics to "Happy Birthday". According to Wikipedia, the following is the copyright history and terms:

In 1935, "Happy Birthday to You" was copyrighted as a work for hire by Preston Ware Orem for the Summy Company, the publisher of "Good Morning to All". A new company, Birch Tree Group Limited, was formed to protect and enforce the song's copyright. In 1998,[10] the rights to "Happy Birthday to You" and its assets were sold to The Time-Warner Corporation. In March 2004, Warner Music Group was sold to a group of investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. The company continues to insist that one cannot sing the "Happy Birthday to You" lyrics for profit without paying royalties: in 2008, Warner collected about $5000 per day ($2 million per year) in royalties for the song.[2], pp. 4,68 This includes use in film, television, radio, anywhere open to the public, or even among a group where a substantial number of those in attendance are not family or friends of whoever is performing the song. For this reason, most restaurants or other public party venues will not allow their employees to perform the song in public, instead opting for other original songs or cheers in honor of the birthday celebrant.

In many countries, including the United States, copyright lasts the lifetime of the author plus 70 years. In this case, since it was a work for hire, the standard is not 70 years post death of the last surviving author, but 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever comes first. Assuming, the song still enjoys U.S. copyright protection, and assuming its first publication date was 1935, the copyright would be valid until 2030.


House: Is He Back In The Game?

It felt good to be back at Plains Borough Hospital in the midst of a medical conundrum… but without House?!? When House announced to Cuddy and Foreman that he was quitting, I thought, “What are those writers up to?” Well for one, trying to find House a new hobby. In House’s need for distraction from his leg pain we found ourselves getting hungry in the kitchen with Chef House and his roommate Wilson. As always, the intelligent and witty dialogue between House and Wilson was exemplified in the cooking class scene with House’s adolescent references prevailing. It was refreshing to see that House’s rehab had not taken away his urge to pull practical jokes on Wilson; House just wouldn’t be House if he weren’t obtain dog urine to pass off as his own.

In House’s absents as the head of the Diagnostics team, the trio, Foreman, Thirteen and Taub, show signs of hardship as they try to settle into the new hierarchy. With Foreman at the helm, he and thirteen have issues finding Switzerland in their professional lives, causing road bumps in their personal lives. Can their relationship last like this? I guess that’s what Foreman was pondering too when he fired his girlfriend from the Diagnostics team. Come on Foreman, that’s just cold. And Taub? He tells Foreman that he came to work with House and is leaving the hospital for private practice. Is that his final answer? With all this action about, the writers managed to throw in a dig at Jeremy Piven in reference to mercury poisoning.

As the show came to a close, we found ourselves back in therapy with House who was still searching to find something to hold his interest and his pain at bay. In session, House revealed a reward check of $25,000 for solving the Diagnostics team case from his computer. In revealing his discovery that practicing medicine can squelch his pain, I smiled and thought: He’s back! I can’t wait for next week to watch House take on James Earl Jones.

Paging Dr. House

After the poignant closing of last season with House voluntarily admitting himself to a Psychiatric facility, viewers patiently waited for the shows return to watch House cause chaos and mayhem in the halls of the Psychiatric ward. Well, we were not disappointed. House’s scheming mind poked and prodded his fellow inmates in his rebellion, as usual, against authority and order. In an awe-inspiring performance by Hugh Laurie, we felt House’s ache and his heart sigh. His transformation from the conniving man-child to a coping, functioning, and feeling human being was subtle and beautiful. The well-written and well-acted episode was a perfect platform to send viewers back to Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital. Although, I was hoping we would spend more time with the doctors and lovable, mentally skewed characters of the ward. You never know, maybe we will.

Why We Can’t Hardly Wait for Sunday Night

Sunday evening: the weekend was too short, as it always is; tomorrow is the start of a whole new week. Why did Sunday have to come so fast? This week, we can’t wait for Sunday night! Why you ask? Mad Men, that’s why. The acclaimed TV show Mad Men returns for its third season.

We love being transported into the 60’s era of a slower paced life with 3 martini lunches. With its ever twisting and intriguing plot thickening, the audience gets a glimpse into what the time was like and how we evolved to now.

>>Mad Men Season 3 starts this Sunday, August 16 @ 10pm | 9C on AMC