GOD Save the Queen is possibly the most famous national anthem in the world - and actually can be linked back to as far as 1619, and possibly further. But what are the lyrics, how many verses are there and who wrote it? Here's everything you need to know... What are the lyrics to God Save the Queen? God Save the Queen, or God Save the King depending on the gender of the sitting monarch, is the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Since its creation, different verses have been added and taken away, but, on most occasions, only one verse is sung however at certain times two or very rarely three are sung. There are no definitive lyrics but the verses below are widely accepted as the "standard" version of the national anthem. God save our gracious Queen! O Lord our God arise, tricks, Thy choicest gifts in store, Who wrote God Save the Queen? There is no confirmed author of the tune and it is possible the anthem was adapted from chants used in Catholic churches. The author most … [Read more...] about What are the words to God Save The Queen and who wrote the lyrics to the national anthem?
Lawyers who claim the Happy Birthday song is in the public domain say newly disclosed evidence contains the “proverbial smoking gun” that proves the lyrics are no longer protected by copyright.The cited proof: A 1922 song book that included the Happy Birthday song without a copyright notice. The lawyers say the lyrics haven’t been protected by copyright since that date, report the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter.The lawyers represent a documentary filmmaker, Jennifer Nelson, who filed a class action lawsuit over a $1,500 Happy Birthday licensing fee.The lawyers said in a Monday court filing that their discovery came when the defendant, Warner/Chappell Music, produced 500 pages of documents on July 13. The disclosure included 200 pages of documents said to be “mistakenly” held back during discovery, and among those documents was a PDF of a 1927 publication of the song lyrics that didn’t have the copyright notice.One blurry line on the 1927 … [Read more...] about ‘Smoking gun’ evidence shows Happy Birthday lyrics are no longer protected by copyright, lawyers say
Two online publishers of music lyrics are facing a copyright infringement suit.The defendants, LiveUniverse Inc. and Motive Force, are for-profit companies, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. LiveUniverse is owned by MySpace co-founder Brad Greenspan.One of the plaintiffs in the suits is a unit of Warner Music, the world’s third-largest music company, according to Bloomberg News.The Wall Street Journal calls the suits “the music industry’s latest salvos against what it sees as stealing content.” The trade group, the National Music Publishers Association, announced the suits and said it has sent cease-and-desist notices to hundreds of sites. … [Read more...] about Music Industry Takes Aim at Publishers of Online Lyrics
Two men arrested and detained by San Diego police because of rap lyrics and social media posts have filed a federal lawsuit for alleged violation of their First and Fourth Amendment rights.One of the plaintiffs in the Jan. 10 lawsuit (PDF) is rapper Brandon Duncan, known as Tiny Doo, according to a press release. The other is Aaron Harvey, who was studying to become a real-estate agent at the time of his arrest. Duncan and Harvey are represented on a pro bono basis by lawyers at Morrison & Foerster.The men had been accused of promoting gang violence in violation of an obscure California law that makes it a felony to promote and benefit from a gang that is engaged in criminal activity. The arrests in June and July 2014 may have been the first time the law was used in San Diego, and possibly in California.Prosecutors had contended Duncan’s lyrics promoted gang violence, created fear and helped legitimize the Lincoln Park gang, which was linked to nine shootings between May 2013 … [Read more...] about Suit claims arrests over social media posts and rap lyrics violated First Amendment rights
A New York pub owner has declared his bar a “Danny Boy”-free zone.Sorry about that, Frederick Edward Weatherly. He’s the lawyer who wrote the lyrics to the song in 1913, words so sad that bar owner Shaun Clancy says they are downright depressing, the Associated Press reports.Clancy, who owns Foley’s Pub and Restaurant near the Empire State Building, points out that Weatherly was from England and never even set foot in Ireland. And the song he wrote is rarely sung in Ireland St. Patrick’s Day. For those reasons, he’s banning the song for the entire month of March.Weatherly is credited with writing more than 3,000 songs as well science fiction novels and children’s books. … [Read more...] about ‘Danny Boy’ and its Lyrics, Written by a Lawyer, Banned at One Pub