History Main / HappyBirthdayToYou

20th Jun '18 4:07:02 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1989/06/19 Garfield sings a variation with him as the birthday cat and the readers as the cake:]]

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
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[[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1989/06/19 Garfield sings a variation with him as the birthday cat and the readers as the cake:]]


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** [[https://garfield.com/comic/2018/06/19 Jon decides to tease Garfield with a new version.]]
-->'''Jon:''' Happy Birthday to you
-->Happy Birthday to you...
-->Happy Birth-Day, you're '''for-ty...'''
-->Happy Birthday tooooo yoooou! (gets cake splashed at his face)
-->And ma-ny mooooore.
19th Jun '18 10:44:55 AM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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That all changed in TheNewTens. In 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Warner/Chappell Music by Jennifer Nelson, whose production company, Good Morning to You Productions, was filming a documentary about the song and its history. To secure the rights to the song and ensure the documentary would be made, Nelson had to pay $1500, which she claimed was unreasonable. During pretrial hearings in 2015 – one day before a scheduled ruling, in fact – Nelson and her lawyers discovered evidence that WMG's copyright claim was likely invalid thanks to the discovery of documents "[[BlatantLies mistakenly held from them]]" by WMG, including a book published in 1922 titled ''The Everyday Song Book''. That book contained the lyrics to "Happy Birthday" with a disclaimer that they had been used with "special permission through courtesy of the Clayton F Summy Co."[[note]] (that's the company whose IP Warner Music Group ended up with in 1988)[[/note]] …but that's not a valid copyright notice, which was required at the time of publishing. [[note]] ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' had a similar issue; it was distributed to cinemas without a copyright notice, thus accidentally and automatically releasing it (and by extension pretty much all of the core zombie/undead mythos) into the public domain. That loophole and several others were closed in the 1976 Copyright Act, but the law isn't retroactive. Plus, when it comes to lawsuits over old intellectual properties, American judges look at what the law ''used'' to be during the time period in question, rather than what it is now.[[/note]]

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That all changed in TheNewTens. In 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Warner/Chappell Music by Jennifer Nelson, whose production company, Good Morning to You Productions, was filming a documentary about the song and its history. To secure the rights to the song and ensure the documentary would be made, Nelson had to pay $1500, which she claimed was unreasonable. During pretrial hearings in 2015 – one day before a scheduled ruling, in fact – Nelson and her lawyers discovered evidence that WMG's copyright claim was likely invalid thanks to the discovery of documents "[[BlatantLies mistakenly held from them]]" by WMG, including a book published in 1922 titled ''The Everyday Song Book''. That book contained the lyrics to "Happy Birthday" with a disclaimer that they had been used with "special permission through courtesy of the Clayton F Summy Co."[[note]] (that's the company whose IP Warner Music Group ended up with in 1988)[[/note]] …but that's not a valid copyright notice, which was required at the time of publishing. [[note]] ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' had a similar issue; it was distributed to cinemas without a copyright notice, thus accidentally and automatically releasing it (and by extension pretty much all of the core zombie/undead mythos) into the public domain. That loophole and several others were closed in the 1976 Copyright Act, but the law isn't retroactive. retroactive (as that would make it an ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_post_facto_law ex post facto]]'' law - i.e., a law potentially criminalising conduct that was legal before the law's passage, such as making copies of and/or distributing the "Happy Birthday" lyrics or prints of ''Night of the Living Dead'' - which are specifically prohibited by the United States Constitution). Plus, when it comes to lawsuits over old intellectual properties, American judges look at what the law ''used'' to be during the time period in question, rather than what it is now.[[/note]]
9th Jun '18 12:13:16 AM LB7979
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* The current ''Creator/ChuckECheese'']] advertising campaign uses 'Happy Birthday To You' in it. A lot.
** The song is also used within the live birthday shows, even before 2015. It is believed they paid to use the song.

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* The current ''Creator/ChuckECheese'']] Creator/ChuckECheese advertising campaign uses 'Happy "Happy Birthday To You' You" in it. A lot.
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lot. The song is also used within the live birthday shows, even before 2015. It is believed they paid to use the song.



* ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' second movie had children singing it... right after the KillEmAll slaughterfest.

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* ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'': The second movie had children singing it... right after the KillEmAll slaughterfest.



* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', after Yukari's class offers her a belated birthday present, she triumphantly belts out a GratuitousEnglish rendition of "Happy Birthday To You."

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* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', after ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
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Yukari's class offers her a belated birthday present, she triumphantly belts out a GratuitousEnglish rendition of "Happy Birthday To You."
8th Jun '18 3:20:13 PM CommanderVisor
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Happy Birthday Squidward! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VqRdpltPB8 Pin the tail on the seahorse!]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
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Happy Birthday Squidward! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VqRdpltPB8 Pin the tail on the seahorse!]]seahorse!]]
** Free cheers on your birthday, [=SpongeBob=]! Free cheers for you!
29th Apr '18 1:02:12 PM Ozaline
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* In the anime version of Aim for the Top! ''Anime/GunBuster'' Noriko's first near lightspeed mission goes awry and due to time dilation she misses her shared birthday with fellow pilot Jung Freud. In the PS2 video game version however it is possible to complete the mission on time, rewarding the player with Noriko and Jung singing Happy Birthday to each other for a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming


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12th Apr '18 4:48:00 AM Vilui
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* The current ''Creator/ChuckECheese]] advertising campaign uses 'Happy Birthday To You' in it. A lot.

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* The current ''Creator/ChuckECheese]] ''Creator/ChuckECheese'']] advertising campaign uses 'Happy Birthday To You' in it. A lot.




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1st Apr '18 1:58:31 PM mimitchi33
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* ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' had a weird example of this trope: the song "Partytime", while being a song about birthdays, only says "Happy Birthday" once and is more about how giving is better than receiving on birthdays.
9th Mar '18 10:29:59 AM Malady
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* An episode of the short-lived CBC adaptation of Creator/DouglasCoupland's ''[[{{Jpod}} jPod]]'' had video game programmers attempt to get rights to use the song by kidnapping the rights holder, who just happens to be Canadian. Especially weird, considering that as noted above, the song has been public domain in Canada for years!

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* An episode of the short-lived CBC adaptation of Creator/DouglasCoupland's ''[[{{Jpod}} jPod]]'' ''Literature/{{jPod}}'' had video game programmers attempt to get rights to use the song by kidnapping the rights holder, who just happens to be Canadian. Especially weird, considering that as noted above, the song has been public domain in Canada for years!
5th Mar '18 12:23:43 PM TiggerPinkie
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* ''Creator/ChuckECheese]]'s current advertising campaign uses 'Happy Birthday To You' in it. A lot.

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* ''Creator/ChuckECheese]]'s The current ''Creator/ChuckECheese]] advertising campaign uses 'Happy Birthday To You' in it. A lot.
** The song is also used within the live birthday shows, even before 2015. It is believed they paid to use the song.
5th Mar '18 12:21:40 PM TiggerPinkie
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*''Creator/ChuckECheese]]'s current advertising campaign uses 'Happy Birthday To You' in it. A lot.
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