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‘Happy Birthday to You’ Copyright ‘Owners’ Finally Being Sued for Millions
Posted on Jul 29, 2014
The birthday song has been in the public domain for decades, but somehow Warner/Chappell Music has gotten away with collecting hundreds of millions in royalties every time it was performed; the richest Americans are mostly inheriting their wealth; meanwhile, although science will make it possible to cryogenically freeze ourselves “until a future age,” one writer questions whether that’s something we’d actually want. These discoveries and more below.
Lawsuit: ‘Happy Birthday’ Is Not in Copyright, and Warner Owes the World Hundreds of Millions for Improperly Collected Royalties
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Time Capsule: But What Do We Do About the Arabs? (Fortune, 1967)
America’s Wealthiest Are Increasingly ‘Earning’ Their Fortunes by Inheriting Them
The Newsonomics of How and Why
Science Is Changing What It Means to Be Dead
Arendt: Born in Conflict, Israel Will Degenerate into Sparta, and American Jews Will Need to Back Away
Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google’s Autonomous Cars
A Graphic Photo Spurs Reflection
Shift in Opinion Over Boycott of Israel
How Does SodaStream Treat Its Palestinian Workers When the Media Isn’t Looking?
The Silent Spotify Album ‘Sleepify’ Made $20,000 in Royalties
Goodbye Gayborhood: Study Finds Gay Neighbourhoods ‘Straightening’
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