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An exploration of the history of the song Happy Birthday to You, specifically regarding Warner Music Group's copyright claim on the work, and reasons why that claim may be invalid. The talk makes use of historical documents such as photos, notebook scans, and copyright registration papers.
Ben is the Programs Director for Public Assembly, a 3-room multi-purpose art + music venue in Brooklyn. He’s also an artist and interested in copyright law as a point of recreational study / pondering.