Is the "Happy Birthday" song still copyrighted?
I always thought it was never in TV shows or anything because it cost a whole lot to use, but I’ve been hearing it more recently—what gives?
Gone are the days of TV families having to resort to “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” around the birthday cake. “Happy Birthday to You” officially became part of the public domain in 2016 after a judge ruled in a lawsuit that music publisher Warner/Chappell didn’t actually own the copyright to the song. The ruling also mandated that Warner/Chappell return $14 million to people who had paid to use the song (a nice birthday present, if a little late).
It’s still not completely clear where the song originated or if Warner/Chappell ever actually held the copyright at all, but the prevailing theory is that it was written in 1893 by Patty and Mildred Hill.
always thought it was never in TV shows or anything because it cost a whole lot to use
no, it's not you must still realize how we sing it today if it was then after they sing the happy birthday song your parents would be standing outside hading somebody money
Depends on the context. "Everyone wish my friend a happy birthday!" Isn't capitalized, since it's using the term in the same sense of having a bad day, or a good one. If you're singing the 'Happy Birthday Song' or 'Happy Birthday' to someone, then yes, it is capitalized. (Unless you're not singing the copyrighted song, and your song is made by you, then it's your choice. But if it's being used as the title of the song, then yes, it is capitalized.
Syllable count in the song Happy Birthday can very depending on whose name you use in the song. In the general (nameless) version, there are twenty-six (26) syllables. Happy birthday to you (six syllables) Happy birthday to you (six syllables) Happy birthday, Happy birthday (eight syllables) Happy birthday to you (six syllables)
The "Happy Birthday" song, or more accurately, "Happy Birthday to You", was a revised version based on the melody of a song "Good Morning to All", written in 1893. "Happy Birthday to You" appeared in print in 1912 for the first time, but experts and historians estimate the song was created much earlier than that. So the best estimate of the birth date or "birthday" of the song "Happy Birthday to You" is that it was created between 1893 and 1912. It has to date been translated into 18 languages, and is noted to be probably one of the best known songs (melodies) worldwide.