History Main / HappyBirthdayToYou

18th Aug '16 3:01:18 PM luiz4200
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday dear Garfield
Happy Birthday tooo meee!

to:

Happy -->Happy Birthday to me
Happy -->Happy Birthday dear Garfield
Happy -->Happy Birthday tooo meee!
18th Aug '16 3:00:15 PM luiz4200
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''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:]]
-->'''Garfield:''' Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday dear Garfield
Happy Birthday tooo meee!
14th Aug '16 12:10:55 PM luiz4200
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'': In "Island of Youth", Esteban's birthday is celebrated and a birthday song is played. It's not the famous one.
22nd Jun '16 9:18:44 AM MCanter89
Is there an issue? Send a Message


->'''Isaac:''' Someone holds the copyright to "Happy Birthday?"\\

to:

->'''Isaac:''' Someone holds the copyright to "Happy Birthday?"\\Birthday"?\\



'''Isaac:''' ...Took two people to write that song?

to:

'''Isaac:''' ...Took '''Isaac:''' …Took two people to write that song?



It's the most-recognized song in the English language but, [[http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/22/media/warner-happy-birthday-to-you/index.html?sr=fb092215happybirthdaymoney940pStoryLink before September 22, 2015]], the lyrics to "Happy Birthday to You" ''weren't'' in the public domain in most countries[[labelnote:*]] (Canada was a major exception; the "Happy Birthday" copyright expired there in 1985)[[/labelnote]]. Its copyright in the United States and Continental Europe was held by Warner Music Group, which had acquired it in 1988 from its takeover of the original holder. [[note]] It's worth mentioning that the melody itself comes from "Good Morning To All", a much older song which everyone agrees has been in the public domain for close to a century.[[/note]] WMG aggressively enforced the copyright too, which netted them around $2 million per year in royalty fees. As a result, when a birthday is being celebrated on television, it's fairly rare for those involved to actually sing "Happy Birthday to You".

to:

It's the most-recognized song in the English language but, language, but [[http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/22/media/warner-happy-birthday-to-you/index.html?sr=fb092215happybirthdaymoney940pStoryLink before September 22, 2015]], the lyrics to "Happy Birthday to You" ''weren't'' in the public domain in most countries[[labelnote:*]] (Canada was a major exception; the "Happy Birthday" copyright expired there in 1985)[[/labelnote]]. Its copyright in the United States and Continental Europe was held by Warner Music Group, which had acquired it in 1988 from its takeover of the original holder. [[note]] It's worth mentioning that the melody itself comes from "Good Morning To All", a much older song which everyone agrees has been in the public domain for close to a century.[[/note]] WMG aggressively enforced the copyright copyright, too, which netted them around $2 million per year in royalty fees. As a result, when a birthday is being celebrated on television, it's fairly rare for those involved to actually sing "Happy Birthday to You".



As a result, Nelson's lawyers, Betsy Manifold and Mark Rifkin, claimed Warner/Chappell did not own the rights to the lyrics -- and on September 22nd 2015, [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts a U.S. District Court Judge]] [[http://www.shadesofgraylaw.com/media/00065570.pdf agreed with them,]] ruling Warner/Chappell's copyright claim officially invalid (with a settlement between the parties involved precluding any further appeal). However, the summary judgement did not by itself put the song into the public domain; it only said that Warner/Chappell's claim is fraudulent, and there is no proof that Summy Co. ever had a valid claim either. It is theoretically possible that someone, like an heir to one of the Hill sisters, could step forward with a valid claim, so until a judge decrees that no copyrights exist (which could come as early as mid-2016), it is legally an "orphan work" in the United States.

In the European Union, copyright lasts for the life of the creator plus 70 years.[[labelnote:‡]] This is also true in the United States for non-corporate copyrights; U.S. corporate copyrights last for 95 years from publication thanks to a law derisively called the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act".[[/labelnote]] As Patty Hill, the last surviving author, died in 1946, "Happy Birthday" was already set to fall into the public domain on December 31st 2016. American court rulings have no effect across The Pond, so Europe had to wait several more weeks.

to:

As a result, Nelson's lawyers, Betsy Manifold and Mark Rifkin, claimed Warner/Chappell did not own the rights to the lyrics -- and on September 22nd 22, 2015, [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts a U.S. District Court Judge]] [[http://www.shadesofgraylaw.com/media/00065570.pdf agreed with them,]] ruling Warner/Chappell's copyright claim officially invalid (with a settlement between the parties involved precluding any further appeal). However, the summary judgement did not by itself put the song into the public domain; it only said that Warner/Chappell's claim is fraudulent, and there is no proof that Summy Co. ever had a valid claim either. It is theoretically possible that someone, like an heir to one of the Hill sisters, could step forward with a valid claim, so until a judge decrees that no copyrights exist (which could come as early as mid-2016), it is legally an "orphan work" in the United States.

In the European Union, copyright lasts for the life of the creator plus 70 years.[[labelnote:‡]] This is also true in the United States for non-corporate copyrights; U.S. corporate copyrights last for 95 years from publication thanks to a law derisively called the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act".[[/labelnote]] As Patty Hill, the last surviving author, died in 1946, "Happy Birthday" was already set to fall into the public domain on December 31st 31, 2016. American court rulings have no effect across The Pond, so Europe had to wait several more weeks.



Keep in mind that the majority of these examples are either in the U.S. pre-2015, or in other countries where the U.S. ruling has no effect.

to:

Keep in mind that the majority of these examples are either in the U.S. pre-2015, pre-2015 or in other countries where the U.S. ruling has no effect.



-->'''Moe:''' We baked you a birthday cake...\\
'''Larry:''' If you get a tummy ache...\\
'''Curly:''' And you moan and grown and woe...\\

to:

-->'''Moe:''' We baked you a birthday cake...\\
cake…\\
'''Larry:''' If you get a tummy ache...\\
ache…\\
'''Curly:''' And you moan and grown and woe...\\woe…\\



-->Happy birthday, dear ahh-ahhhhh...

to:

-->Happy birthday, dear ahh-ahhhhh...ahh-ahhhhh…



* ''Series/BreakingBad'' had Skyler sing "Happy Birthday" in the style of MarilynMonroe to her boss, Ted Beneke, even extending "Mr. Beneke..." to include his full job title.

to:

* ''Series/BreakingBad'' had Skyler sing "Happy Birthday" in the style of MarilynMonroe to her boss, Ted Beneke, even extending "Mr. Beneke..." Beneke…" to include his full job title.



* A [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] Radio 4 digest of the Edinburgh Festival had an impromptu live performance of the song interrupted by an American lawyer explaining to the producer precisely why they couldn't use that song, so that all we hear is the opening "Happy Birthday..." and closing "...to youuuuu!"

to:

* A [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] Radio 4 digest of the Edinburgh Festival had an impromptu live performance of the song interrupted by an American lawyer explaining to the producer precisely why they couldn't use that song, so that all we hear is the opening "Happy Birthday..." Birthday…" and closing "...to "…to youuuuu!"






* When Michelle sings "Happy Birthday" to herself in the ''[[Website/PlatypusComix Scrambled Eggs]]'' comic "Leap of Doom," she uses the lyrics for the ThisLoserIsYou version. (Happy birthday to you, you live in a zoo...)
* In ''Podcast/HowDidThisGetMade?'' the team is speculating about an imagined version of ''Film/FromJustinToKelly'' which used entirely public domain songs, singing various {{Standard Snippet}}s to each other in overwrought ''AmericanIdol''-style oversinging - "oooOOooh, country 'tiiIIIIiis of theeee...". June-Diane then sings the first line of "Happy Birthday", prompting both Paul and Jason to yell at her for bankrupting the show.

to:

* When Michelle sings "Happy Birthday" to herself in the ''[[Website/PlatypusComix Scrambled Eggs]]'' comic "Leap of Doom," she uses the lyrics for the ThisLoserIsYou version. (Happy birthday to you, you live in a zoo...)
zoo…)
* In ''Podcast/HowDidThisGetMade?'' the team is speculating about an imagined version of ''Film/FromJustinToKelly'' which used entirely public domain songs, singing various {{Standard Snippet}}s to each other in overwrought ''AmericanIdol''-style oversinging - "oooOOooh, country 'tiiIIIIiis of theeee...".theeee…". June-Diane then sings the first line of "Happy Birthday", prompting both Paul and Jason to yell at her for bankrupting the show.



* In [[HostileShowTakeover enttry]] [[{{Flashback}} 37]] of ''[[WebVideo/MarbleHornets Marble Hornets,]]'' Alex Kralie's family (and [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos a special, uninvited guest]]) celebrate Alex's fifth birthday exactly as a normal human being would. With the addition of a HumanoidAbomination singing along.

to:

* In [[HostileShowTakeover enttry]] [[{{Flashback}} 37]] of ''[[WebVideo/MarbleHornets Marble Hornets,]]'' Hornets]]'', Alex Kralie's family (and [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos a special, uninvited guest]]) celebrate Alex's fifth birthday exactly as a normal human being would. With the addition of a HumanoidAbomination singing along.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Powerpuff Girls}}'' episode "Birthday Bash" everyone is about to sing the song. However, they are quickly stopped by Bubbles shouting "No singing!", because the Girls are in a hurry to get to opening their presents.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Murderface is treated to a birthday-themed death metal song entitled "Birthday Dethday": ''"Many years ago today/Something grew inside your mother...it was YOU"''

to:

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Powerpuff Girls}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Birthday Bash" everyone is about to sing the song. However, they are quickly stopped by Bubbles shouting "No singing!", because the Girls are in a hurry to get to opening their presents.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Murderface is treated to a birthday-themed death metal song entitled "Birthday Dethday": ''"Many years ago today/Something grew inside your mother...mother… it was YOU"''



--->'''Mr. Burns:''' Have Music/TheRollingStones killed...

to:

--->'''Mr. Burns:''' Have Music/TheRollingStones killed...killed…



--->'''Mr. Burns:''' (singing à la MarilynMonroe) Happy birthday, Mr. Smithers...
--->'''Smithers:''' Mmmmm...
** There is a Simpsons comic book issue in which Homer and his pals became volunteer firefighters, and when they realized they couldn't do anything when a fair caught on fire, Ralph comes up with an idea to put out the fire, by ''singing the birthday song and blowing it out like birthday candles''. The whole cast begins to sing the song, but then the Blue-Haired Lawyer comes in warning them about the royalties of the song they'd need to pay to sing it before he passes out from the smoke. So Lisa writes up a new unique birthday song ("...pleasant birthday to that person, we're glad you're not dead!") and then they all blow on the fire, which ''actually extinguishes the blaze!''

to:

--->'''Mr. Burns:''' (singing à la MarilynMonroe) Happy birthday, Mr. Smithers...
Smithers…
--->'''Smithers:''' Mmmmm...
Mmmmm…
** There is a Simpsons comic book issue in which Homer and his pals became volunteer firefighters, and when they realized they couldn't do anything when a fair caught on fire, Ralph comes up with an idea to put out the fire, by ''singing the birthday song and blowing it out like birthday candles''. The whole cast begins to sing the song, but then the Blue-Haired Lawyer comes in warning them about the royalties of the song they'd need to pay to sing it before he passes out from the smoke. So Lisa writes up a new unique birthday song ("...pleasant ("…pleasant birthday to that person, we're glad you're not dead!") and then they all blow on the fire, which ''actually extinguishes the blaze!''



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had Pinkie Pie sing a variation to the Cake's newborn twins ("Happy happy Birthday to you and you today...") but she gets cut off by the nurse before getting any further [[CloudCuckooLander (singing in a maternity ward and all).]] She's later able to finish it, albeit as "Happy Monthiversary," which celebrates the twins'... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one month anniversary of their birth.]] Witness it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y258SAHw1ZU here.]]

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had Pinkie Pie sing a variation to the Cake's newborn twins ("Happy happy Birthday to you and you today...") today…") but she gets cut off by the nurse before getting any further [[CloudCuckooLander (singing ([[CloudCuckooLander singing in a maternity ward and all).]] all]]). She's later able to finish it, albeit as "Happy Monthiversary," which celebrates the twins'... twins'… well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one month one-month anniversary of their birth.]] birth]]. Witness it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y258SAHw1ZU here.]]



* At the beginning of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheXs'', the family is celebrating Truman's birthday and they sing the song for him, though all the viewers hear is "...and many more!"

to:

* At the beginning of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheXs'', the family is celebrating Truman's birthday and they sing the song for him, though all the viewers hear is "...and "…and many more!"







22nd Jun '16 5:59:01 AM gewunomox
Is there an issue? Send a Message


--->'''Mr. Burns:''' Have the RollingStones killed...

to:

--->'''Mr. Burns:''' Have the RollingStones Music/TheRollingStones killed...
19th Jun '16 3:58:53 AM Sabrewing
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The DeliveryStork that brought Disney/{{Dumbo}} to his mother helps celebrate the occasion by singing to him, which also gives Mrs. Jumbo the opportunity to name him.
17th Jun '16 7:52:32 PM gewunomox
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** And who can forget the famous/infamous "Happy Birthday" song TheRamones played to Mr. Burns in his birthday. Just 15 seconds, and just the "Happy Birthday to YOU!" chorus, and they left the poor old man trembling and angry.

to:

** And who can forget the famous/infamous "Happy Birthday" song TheRamones Music/TheRamones played to Mr. Burns in his birthday. Just 15 seconds, and just the "Happy Birthday to YOU!" chorus, and they left the poor old man trembling and angry.
12th Jun '16 3:23:14 PM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* For his birthday [[CoolMcCool Harry McCool]] is serenaded with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLrtFAYzx8&list=PL332D1CA63ACE883A&index=181 this]] original version.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/CoolMcCool'': For his birthday [[CoolMcCool Harry McCool]] [=McCool=] is serenaded with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLrtFAYzx8&list=PL332D1CA63ACE883A&index=181 this]] original version.
7th Jun '16 1:34:18 AM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Podcast/HowDidThisGetMade?'' the team is speculating about an imagined version of ''FromJustinToKelly'' which used entirely public domain songs, singing various {{Standard Snippet}}s to each other in overwrought ''AmericanIdol''-style oversinging - "oooOOooh, country 'tiiIIIIiis of theeee...". June-Diane then sings the first line of "Happy Birthday", prompting both Paul and Jason to yell at her for bankrupting the show.

to:

* In ''Podcast/HowDidThisGetMade?'' the team is speculating about an imagined version of ''FromJustinToKelly'' ''Film/FromJustinToKelly'' which used entirely public domain songs, singing various {{Standard Snippet}}s to each other in overwrought ''AmericanIdol''-style oversinging - "oooOOooh, country 'tiiIIIIiis of theeee...". June-Diane then sings the first line of "Happy Birthday", prompting both Paul and Jason to yell at her for bankrupting the show.
7th May '16 5:28:07 PM WileK209
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The [[http://www.gocomics.com/thatababy/2015/10/10 October 10, 2015 strip]] of ''Thatababy'' spoofs the copyright expiring on the song. As the main family is celebrating the father's birthday at a restaurant, the employees are performing an original salsa-themed birthday song, to their annoyance and the family's amusement, until another employee calls out the traditional "Happy birthday" song is now public domain, so they switch to singing that, to their enjoyment and the family's disappointment.
[[/folder]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 156. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.HappyBirthdayToYou