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Copyright reform protest petition: Release Happy Birthday to You from Copyright!

I just started a petition on the White House Petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/wYqr

Here’s my reasoning: We all sing “Happy Birthday to You” constantly. Our television shows and movies religiously avoid using the song, because supposedly it’s still under copyright. According to this paper, though, it really shouldn’t be. And, by the way, if it actually is, it’s a great example of how broken our copyright system is to the point where it actually works against a fundamental part of our culture: freedom of expression and sharing and singing Happy Birthday to You!

If you agree, please sign my petition. We need 100,000 people total to get the White House to acknowledge.

Also if you have something to say about this, tweet at me and I’ll add to this discussion section:

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