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Songbook In Pitt Library May Prove False 'Happy Birthday' Copyright

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Robin Robokow
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Lawyers in the "Happy Birthday to You" suit are using an old songbook from Pitt's Hillman Library as evidence.

Many may not know that one of the world’s most recognizable songs is actually one of the most profitable.  The “Happy Birthday to You” tune has been around since the late 1800’s and due to copyright protections, anyone who wants to include the ditty in their movie, ringtone or stage production has to pay for permission. Now there’s a new case against the owners of the copyright and an old songbook in Pitt’s Hillman Library may be used as evidence. Here to tell us about that songbook and the future of “Happy Birthday” is Barco Law Library interim director Marc Silverman.

Also in the program, the White House has released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020. We discovered what this could mean for the future of HIV/AIDS and discussed what low gas prices mean for Pennsylvania.

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