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Singing Happy Birthday can cost you!

November 4, 2010

It’s Tom’s birthday on Sunday. I was going to sing him Happy Birthday (yeah, that’s was my lone gift) until I read an article on copyright issues in November’s Fortune magazine. Birthday cake

 It mentions that In a new American Cancer Society ad, Justin Bieber enters an empty stadium, grabs the mike, and sings…the birthday song. Girls swoon, Bieber croons, and the ad charms even grownups with the text: “Here’s to more birthdays.” Bieber wasn’t the only one paid for the ad. The four-line ditty is owned by Warner/Chappell Music. Anyone using the words and melody for profit (humming the song is free) must pay.

I guess it is back to DuaneReade for me to find that elusive gift. At GAI (www.gunwel.com) we help you sort through fiscally smart moves. We’d hate for you to get caught singing Happy Birthday and having to pay for it! Call us at 212-979-6830 or stop by so we can talk soon.

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