Mikl-Em price-checks the Happy Birthday song, which makes Warner Chappel music ”$2 million a year in royalties from TV shows and filmmakers.” On the 10th anniversary of Creative Commons, WFMU and the Free Music Archive are commissioning new birthday songs that will remain free:
Songwriters can add their new birthday ditties to a national repository of alternate Birthday songs. Submissions are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license. The deadline for submitting songs is Jan 13 at 11:59pm ET. The judges include Lawrence Lessig, Jonathan Coulton, and members of Deerhoof and Yo La Tengo. They will select 3 winners to be announced on 1/29/2013. More info here.