University could lay claim to Happy birthday copyrightmain
Warner Music has got rich in court on protecting what it claims to be its copyright in the song.
Now an original copy has turned up at the University of Louisville.
The song, unearthed by librarian James Procell, was part of a songbook called Song Stories for Kindergarten, written by Louisville residents Patty and Mildred Hill. That manuscript was later donated to the Louisville Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library by a family friend in the 1950s, but remained buried and uncatalogued for decades.
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Sadly, this is is not the version with the ribald words.