I can see it now. The teaser for the premier would quote TechDirt’s post: “‘Warner/Chappell is almost certainly guilty of massive copyfraud — perhaps the most massive in history — in claiming a copyright it clearly has no right to.’ And what is this this copyright they’re talking about? A copyright that’s so lucrative Warner/Chappell will go to any lengths to keep people paying for permissions and so ingrained in our culture that people will shell out permissions money right and left to be able to include the copyright work in their representations of our life? Find out on this week’s episode: The Dark Side of ‘Happy Birthday.’“
That’s right. “Happy Birthday,” that famously copyrighted work that plagues script writers everywhere and that earns Warner/Chappell millions a year in licensing fees? Probably isn’t copyrighted after all. Oops.
So pop some popcorn, grab a beverage, and let’s see how this plays out!