Happy Birthday, Dear________!

“Happy Birthday to you” is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person’s birth. “Happy Birthday to you” is the most recognized song in the English language next to “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”.  Sisters Patty and Mildred Hill are the minds behind the Happy Birthday to You song in 1893. The song only consists of four lines, three of which are identical and each of the three identical lines is precisely the title of the song as the other line is “Happy birthday, dear (person’s name). Nobody can use the song without actually purchasing the rights of it to be on T.V, radio or anything else that’s with the media. As the copyright law implies after 78 years anyone can buy the rights to the owner’s material so in 1990, Warner Chappell of the Warner/Chappell Music, inc. purchased the company owning the copyright for $15 million with the value of the birthday song estimated at $5 million. All of the times the happy birthday song has been on television and radio have been paid for. To have the song it can cost up to $10,000 just to have the 6 note and 4 cheer birthday song.  Wendy Williams was lucky enough to get the song for $700 which is really cheap. Who would of thought that by using the Happy Birthday song there would be a fee after all of these years even though people make their own remixes of the song to make it their own.


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