Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Taking the permission society seriously

Stay Free! Daily (blargticle)

Are you planning to sing "Happy Birthday To You" (c) to anyone soon? Maybe you should ask for permission first, like this guy:


The copyright status of "Happy Birthday To You" and the law related to public performances of copyrighted works have recently been brought to my attention. I would therefore like to request permission in advance to sing "Happy Birthday" to my father at Frenchy's Original Cafe in Clearwater, Florida, on October 8, at approximately 1 pm.

My father will be turning 75 on this day and will probably be ordering the Seafood Gumbo and Fried Grouper. The rest of the party will include Charles Star, my brothers Peter and Paul, their spouses Karla and Cindee, and my mother Lynn. Five of us will be singing while my brothers merely mouth the words and smile. We expect there to be approximately 50 disinterested witnesses.

I realize this is short notice but we only recently settled the details. If there is a charge for the privilege of singing in this instance, please let me know. And, if there is, please specify whether or not the cost can be reduced by moving to another location.

I look forward to your prompt reply.

:), it would be great to get a response where they would want money to sing it, and then hang out at the restaurant and wait for people to sing it and then collect money from them, and send it to the copyright holder, complete with pictures of you doing it.

Ps. I don't like the copyright laws as they stand....

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