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AOL owns Happy Birthday?

Wow, according to this Snopes piece, AOL owns the rights to the song Happy Birthday. Oops! It’s all very legit, but just shows how crazy a world it is when a little ditty penned in 1893 could still be generating $2m a year in royalties for a bunch of suits. Yeuch! [via madville]

Meanwhile the war of the suits has begun in earnest. After several years of phony war stuff, real battle is now enjoined. No, I’m not talking about the war against terrorism, but that of the RIAA against its customers. It’s basically 60 million angry downloaders and geeky type people, against a dinosaur with lawyers. Gonna be a fun finish, folks.

RIAA Radar – Find out whether an album was released by an RIAA member.
Subpoena Defence – Info on how to defend yourself legally if they come after you.
Subpoenea Database – Check to see whether your IP address is logged.
Anti RIAA wear – You’ve talked the talk, now walk the T-Shirt.
Boycott RIAA – Actions speak louder than words.
RIAA Denied – Webmaster file for denying access to RIAA IP identified snooping.

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  • It's f'king ridiculous that a song written in the 19th century would still fall under a copywright today. Something is very wrong with that!

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