Saturday, March 03, 2012

Fun On Friday #139: Copyright, shmopyright!

It is, of course, right that composers and lyricists are recognised. It is right that people do not make money by ripping off other people's effort. And it is right that the creativity is rewarded. But sometimes the copyright law is an ass.

Here's an example of someone challenging a particularly daft copyright claim:

For reasons beyond reason, the song Happy Birthday To You is (allegedly) protected by copyright. So thankfully Barats... or is it Bereta has produced: "...a copyright-free little ditty about an Egyptian river god who finds a place to sleep atop two sheep and a deer named Harrison, who also happen to be governors of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830."

Thanks to Daughter 1 for bringing this to my attention.

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