Monday, March 20, 2006

a birthday fish

happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you
happy birthday dear jennsee
happy birthday to you

so i was going to talk about how the above song was copywrited in the 1930's and how i may be sued for using it - but i gotta make this quick because bloggie hates me today and besides you've gotta have money for them to take it - right? right?

from Wikipedia:
The melody of "Happy Birthday to You" was written by American sisters Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893 when they were school teachers in Louisville, Kentucky. The verse was originally intended as a classroom greeting entitled "Good Morning to All". The version as we know it was copyrighted in 1935 by the Summy Company as an arrangement by Preston Ware Orem, and is scheduled to expire in 2030. This was the first copyrighted version to include the lyrics. The company holding the copyright was purchased by Warner Chappell in 1990 for $15 Million dollars, with the value of Happy Birthday estimated at $5 Million. [1] While the current copyright status of the song is unclear, Warner claims that unauthorized public performances of the song are technically illegal unless royalties are paid to them. It is not completely certain who wrote the lyrics to "Happy Birthday to You."

In the movie The Corporation, the copyright issue itself is cited as an example demonstrating that a corporation is theoretically a psychopath if considered a living person.

but dear jennsee, i wish you all the happiness that this day can bring (and with oldben around - that could be bunches...)

18 little fish:

Blogger anne swam up to say...

Joyeux anniversaire, jenn see! Beaucoup de bonheurs...!

Talking of copyright, Marvel are trying to get "super-hero" copyrighted...

11:49 AM  
Blogger tescosuicide swam up to say...

How very sweet.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous swam up to say...

Happy Spring!Happy Birthday!Love you lots, Mum

12:19 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i feel the love!
i love little fishies everywhere!
it's a yay sorta day!

12:38 PM  
Blogger forgottenmachine swam up to say...

Awesome! Fantastique! The happiest of happy birthday's to you, dear Jenn.

12:39 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

tesco! welcome back to the fish - oh and ppppbbbttthhbt

hi mom

anne - yeah great wonderful - i just love that - how can they copywrite something like that - i wish nietche

12:41 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

i wish nietzche were still here to kick all their asses :P

12:46 PM  
Blogger phylos swam up to say...

Happy brithday Jenn!!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Happy Birthday Jenn See!!! This is the second year now I've been able to wish you such and I mean it even more now then I did last year...I hope you spend the week basking in your birthday glow and are pampered from all around you. And I hope you don't have use for that cool umbrella on this your special day. You're terrific and I continue to enjoy getting to know you and the gang through the fishies blog as well as your incredible artistic work on the tourist site. Have a great one!

6:04 PM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

'Let us have birthdays every day,
(I had the thought while I was shaving)
Because a birthday should be gay,
And full of grace and good behaving.
We can't have cakes and candles bright,
And presents are beyond our giving,
But let lt us cherish with delight
The birthday way of lovely living.'

-Robert William Service

Wouldn't that be neat? Of course it would! So my birthday wish for you is for a whole year of the birthday way of lovely living, at the least.

PS: mysfit, my rather uninsightful take on The Napoleon of Notting Hill is here, in case you missed it:

10:57 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

jp - i'm sorry i missed that though i still disagree with "uninsightful" - it seems to me that you picked up on more than many people do when confronted with GK

and now i say: a very merry unbirthday to you!

12:05 PM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

And the same to you!

11:30 PM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

Whoops! A belated happy birthday to jenn see!

... er, sorry, I was on my way here when I met this cute green-eyed cat and...

1:34 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

yay! if only it could be my birthday all year...

4:48 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

a nytimes article on the abuses & absurdities of the patent office...
entitled "this essay breaks the law".

6:00 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

good essay, thanks jenn - it's insane to think that doctors won't be able to help you because they can't afford to pay the fees involved in even thinking about what is wrong with you...

about the correlation thing, i just kept thinking, what if someone else discovers the same thing independently?

10:47 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i think it comes down to who gets to the patent office first, which may explain some of those ridiculous patents--i mean, if you suspect that someone is going to get it, might as well be you, neh?

10:59 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...


but still, i agree with crichton, this is getting out of hand - remember discussing that guy who was trying to patent a story-line? (and his story was so mundane and somewhat based in rip van winkle, not to mention others)

patents have to do with developements, not discoveries - patenting the discovery of a correlation is like patenting the discovery that california has earthquakes because of continental shifts - patenting the device that detects and measures these shifts is one thing, but the actual correlation is a fact of nature and would still be there even if noone knew it.

12:28 PM  

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