Frequent postings from the FMC staff about the issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy.

Happy Birthday to You - A Chapter Closes in A High-Profile Copyright Saga

“Happy Birthday” is the song everyone and your cat knows. The Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the most frequently sung English song, but it is recognized around the world and sung enthusiastically in many different languages at birthday parties for children and adults alike. With hundreds of millions of public performances and easily billions of private ones, it without a question the most popular song in the musical canon of the twentieth century. Not to mention examples like Marilyn Monroe’s serenade version to the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1962 – an iconic performance of an iconic song. read more

Submitted by Anna on October 7, 2015 - 10:31am

Musicians Are Not Dentists: What Steven Johnson Still Doesn't Get

On Monday, writer Steven Johnson responded to our criticism of his August 23 New York Times Magazine cover story with a follow-up story in the Times and a more data-centric reply in the comments of our blog. read more

Submitted by kevin on August 28, 2015 - 10:24am



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