Mike, our engineer at SiliconANGLE and #theCube, alerted me this morning that the Free Music Archive is having a contest to replace the Happy Birthday song.
The Free Music Archive wants to wish Creative Commons a Happy Birthday with a song. But there’s a problem. Although "Happy Birthday To You" is the most recognized song in the English language and its origins can be traced back to 1893, it remains under copyright protection in the United States until 2030. It can cost independent filmmakers $10,000 to clear the song for their films, and this is a major stumbling block hindering the creation of new works of art.
A panel of judges that doesn’t include Geddy Lee or Zach Wylde (but does include Lawrence Lessig) will determine which entrant will win some sort of funky distribution agreement that includes recipients at “Jai Alai squads and bowling alleys.”
I’m not making any of this up.