Happy Birthday http://kmuw.org en Musical Space: Why You Can't Sing 'Happy Birthday' Anytime, Anywhere http://kmuw.org/post/musical-space-why-you-cant-sing-happy-birthday-anytime-anywhere <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Happy Birthday to You” is one of the best known songs in the world, but one rarely hears it in a movie or on TV.</span></p><p>There is a monetary reason for this: “Happy Birthday To You” is copyright protected, and to use it can cost a producer as much as $30,000.</p><p>It is incredible to me that the song is not in the public domain, but this is one of those strange stories born at the intersection of popular music and copyright law.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:24:07 +0000 Mark Foley 12935 at http://kmuw.org Musical Space: Why You Can't Sing 'Happy Birthday' Anytime, Anywhere