Warner Music's "Happy Birthday" Copyright

  • Aired:  03/06/14
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Stephen celebrates the birthday of "Happy Birthday," and Warner Music collects millions in royalties from the song. (3:22)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,NATION. LIKE EVERYBODY,

I JUST LOVE BIRTHDAYS,ESPECIALLY MY OWN.

I CAN REMEMBER THEM ALL-- FROMLAST YEAR WHEN MY WIFE TREATED

ME TO BREAKFAST IN BED, ALL THEWAY BACK TO THAT VERY SPECIAL

DAY IN THE HOSPITAL WHEN IARRIVED KICKING, SCREAMING, AND

COVERED IN GOO.

AH, TO BE 30 AGAIN.

WELL, THIS WEEK, WE CELEBRATE AVERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY BECAUSE

THE SONG "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" TURNS90 YEARS OLD.

AND I AM GOING TO WISH HAPPYBIRTHDAY A FESTIVE ANNUAL AGE

INCREASE THE WAY YOU WOULD ANY90-YEAR-OLD BY SINGING A SONG

THAT REMINDS THEM WHAT THEIRNAME IS.

HAAAPPPYYY.

( LAUGHTER )( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

SORRY ABOUT THAT, FOLKS.

IT TURNS OUT YOU CANNOT SINGHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HAPPY

BIRTHDAY, EVEN ON HAPPYBIRTHDAY'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY

BECAUSEBECAUSE WARNER MUSIC

CONTENTIOUSLY OWNS THE COPYRIGHTTO THE SONG AND HAS BEEN EARNING

MILLIONS FROM PEOPLE CELEBRATINGTHEIR BIRTHDAYS FOR A QUARTER OF

A CENTURY.

AND WARNER IS SO PROTECTIVE OFHIS SONG, THAT EVEN TO SING

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN A RESTAURANT,AT A CONCERT, OR A PUBLIC PLACE,

YOU MUST PAY ROYALTIES.

DON'T BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE ARESERIOUS ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?

MARILYN MONROE SANG IT TOPRESIDENT KENNEDY AND ONE YEAR

LATER THEY WERE BOTH DEAD.

FOLKS-- I KNOW, I KNOW.

FOLKS, THIS IS A SHAMELESS CASHGRAB, AND IN WARNER MUSIC

INSISTS THAT HAPPY BIRTHDAYBELONGS TO THEM, THEN I TONIGHT

OFFER AMERICA A BIRTHDAY SONGTHAT BELONGS TO US.

JUST AS OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED,THIS SONG, LIKE AMERICA IS

ROYALTY FREE.

SO, PLEASE RISE, FOR THE SINGINGOF OUR NEW NATIONAL BIRTHDAY

ANTHEM.

♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

♪ NOW WE ALL GET TO SING.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR FREE♪ AND THE CANDLE'S RED GLARE

DON'T SET FIRE TO YOUR HAIR♪ YOU'RE GETTING SO OLD.

AND YOU'RE SHAPED LIKE A PEAR♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY-- INSERT NAME

HERE.

♪ IF YOU DON'T KNOW IT, JUSTMUMBLE SOFTLY.

♪ WARNER MUSIC CAN'T SUE MEAND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪

MAKE A WISH!

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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