Here at the library, we have been following the legal status of the "Happy Birthday" song with great interest.
Those less-enmeshed in copyright foibles than we are may not be aware that the "world's most popular song" has actually been at the center of a lot of controversy. There's a reason that the servers at so many restaurants can't sing the old standby anymore-- their employers are afraid of being slapped with a copyright violation lawsuit from Warner/Chappell.
Now, it seems, thanks to a couple of dogged attorneys and our neighbors over at the University of Pittsburgh libraries, you may soon be able to sing at your niece's birthday without fear of litigation. More information over at Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/happy-birthday-lawsuit-smoking-gun-811144
The story contains a possible coverup of evidence, no less. Happy pre-Friday!