ASCAP vs Happy Birthday
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 25 Aug 1996 11:02:03 -0400
Having said my piece on behalf of ASCAP's right to insist on their legal
rights and on the legal rights of those they represent,
I am forced to wonder: Copyright, pre 1976, was for 28 yrs + renewal for
28 yrs. Post-1976, copyright is life of author plus 50 yrs. A song
under original copyright in 1976 gained the life+50; a work in the
renewal period did NOT.
Happy Birthday to You, was (A) universally known in the US in my
youth; (B) sung in some B&W movies of the WW2 and before era. So how
come it's still under copyright?
Where has my math gone astray?
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