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I'm writing for permission to sing Happy Birthday...

A site called UnhappyBirthday.com recommends that since Time Warner and ASCAP own the copyright to Happy Birthday (and insist on enforcing it), that the public overwhelm them with requests to sing it to, as Carrie McLaren puts it: "make a statement about copyright-gone-amok."

McLaren fires the opening salvo:


Dear ASCAP,
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... [MORE]
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