I had to wait a long time to get in to see my dentist today. The guy ahead of me, a Buddhist, was having a root canal and he refused a Novocain injection. I guess he wanted to transcend dental medication. (ba-doom)
The #1 song TODAY on the Billboard charts is “Uptown Funk.” I have no problem with that song. I love it. It’s by Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars. Is it really #1? I don’t know because things have changed drastically in the music business. Remember when a song went on the charts based on the number of record sales? No more. Now one of the calculations to slot a song is based on “Ringtone” downloads. True.
Congress is always making laws with corny or screwy acronyms. Here are some from a year ago: There is the FRESHER Act. (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act.
Then there’s the famous FAIRCREDIT (Fair Allocation of Internal Revenue Credit for Renewable Electricity Distribution by Indian Tribes Act. I LOVE THAT!
And there’s the SUCCEED (Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Development Act.
What I didn’t know is the acronym for the USA Patriot Act. It is: Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept & Obstruct Terrorism.
Here’s a question you haven’t thought of nor give a damn about. Have you noticed that most restaurants that sing birthday greetings to their guests never sing “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear whoever, Happy Birthday to you?
They sing some corny, cutesy diddy instead.
There’s a simple reason for that.
The Happy Birthday song is still copyrighted until 2030. True. It’s a long clumsy story that I don’t have the space to tell all the details, but it started with two sisters who were school teachers back in 1893. Court case after court case has upheld this copyright (now held by Warner/Chappell) and there are still cases being argued. That hasn’t stopped the royalties from flowing in…around Two Million bucks a year. Not Bad.
When we sing it to our friends and families, that is not a copyright infringement. However if it performed in a public place where people gather (restaurant) or by a band, or for profit, in a greeting card, movies, radio, television, etc….you pay royalties. A license to perform has to be granted from the Harry Fox Agency or ASCAP.
So, when you hear the waitpersons at Applebee’s singing some dumb melody for a person’s birthday…understand…Happy Birthday costs money to sing.
ONE MORE IMPORTANT THING:
The other day some less-than-astute observer said, “There ain’t no white guys in the NBA.”
I ignored the remark, but did some research and I figured out why that may be true.
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