If the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Warner/Chappel Music Inc. gets their way, you may finally enjoy a royalties-free happy birthday. Good Morning To You Productions Corp. feels that they should not have needed to pay $1500 to use the song “Happy Birthday to You” in their new documentary about it. However, if they hadn’t, they could be sued by Warner/Chappel, which has owned the rights to the song since 1998.
But, through their research for the documentary, the production company found no evidence that Warner/Chappel or the previous owners, Birch Tree Ltd. and Clayton Summy, ever actually owned the song. Sure, they’ve all at one point owned a song called “Good Morning To You” since 1893. But, there’s no copyright on that song with the lyrics to “Happy Birthday To You” because the public made that s**t up.
Let’s not get too excited, though. Even if Good Morning To You Productions wins their case, we’re pretty sure that there will be a counter-suit by the people who wrote the “When I Say ‘Happy,’ You Say ‘Birthday’” song to keep their own royalties pouring in from Applebees.
There’s regular adultery. There’s emotional and mental adultery. And thanks to the power of streaming media, there’s now Netflix adultery: committing the monstrous act of watching episodes of a show before watching it with a spouse as promised.
Of those who cheated, 66 percent did so “at home by themselves on the main TV.” A shocking 21 percent confessed to watching in bed while their significant other slept. (This is my modus operandi, and it is shameful.) Forty-one percent of cheaters refrained from revealing spoilers; 12 percent would rewatch and “fake it” in their reactions; 14 percent felt so guilty they confessed to cheating.
Watching it in bed while the partner sleeps? Faking it? Slatterns, harlots and strumpets, all of them.
Nerd rage is not the same as actually assaulting someone. We’d just like to point that out ahead of time.
A fight of the most epic proportions erupted at a British sci-fi convention. The people involved? Members of a Star Wars fan club versus Doctor Who fans. We might not be talking the Hatfields and McCoys, or even the Sharks and the Jets, but hey, it could still be bad! Maybe. The reason behind the spat? The treasurer of the Star Wars club asked a Doctor Who actor for his autograph. Okay, so it’s not exactly the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand, but still!
Police were eventually called over reports of an assault taking place, but after questioning, it was realized that having your internet pride hurt isn’t exactly what an assault truly is.
Henry Gribbohm says he’s not nearly as dumb of a person as you may think, even if you think that because he paid nearly two grand for an X-box Kinect. Even though he had to get help from an internet humor website in order to be back to square one, life savings-wise.
Tell us if you’ve heard this story before: man walks into a carnival, thinks he’s pretty awesome at a game, ends up losing. He then comes back, tries numerous times to prove that he can beat the game, still loses. It’s a normal story that’s been told many times over.
Well, let’s add in some extra bits: Henry Gribbohm walked into a carnival, thought he was pretty good at the game Tubs of Fun and lost. He then went home, came back with his life’s savings ($2,600), tried numerous times to prove that he could beat the game and still lost … to the tune of $2,600.
On the plus side, the carnival showed some pity on him. Oh sure, he was given back $600 , and the carny has gone missing, but the real win for Gribbohm was that he was given a giant stuffed banana dressed like a Rastafarian. So, really, how can Gribbohm not be a winner?
Thieves! Stealers! Potential hoarders! All of these words describe the culprits behind a theft in SeaTac where 7000 Wii consoles were stolen from a warehouse. Seven thousand! That’s enough to create your own artificial shortage of the consoles and be very effective about it…if it were the year 2006 again. Nintendo created their own artificial shortage of the console during the entire first year that the Wii was out.
Now, in the year 2012, a Wii console can be purchased for between 120 and 130 dollars. So, have fun sitting on that giant number of Wii units, guys!
Let’s say you have a little bit of scratch to your name. Maybe an amount around the tune of, oh, enough to buy the 430 thousand dollar 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. It’s a super car, but despite that, since you live in a civilized country, you’re smart enough to also know the rules and regulations regarding having a car: front license plates, seat belt laws and having the vehicle insured.
“Colleen Lachowicz is a Democrat candidate for Maine State Senate. In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.”
Yes, this is an actual website set up by the Maine Republican Party.
This whole situation is hilarious in the “you can’t believe it’s actually real” hilarious, kind of like in the beginning for the replacement refs for the NFL. To use the fact that she plays World of Warcraft as a political dig against her? It’d only be an understandable claim if the woman played Second Life.