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Odd how stock photography of migraine sufferers makes them look like they are attempting mind control

I’m concentrating very, very hard to make you bring me coffee…

I will make that pigeon fly away so I can have my lunch in peace

You will cancel this meeting, you will cancel this meeting

The computer will create the report for me!

Tie, do up!

Taxi arrive now, taxi arrive now!

You are thinking of… an elephant on a unicycle

Keys reappear! KEYS REAPPEAR!

And the people hiding behind this door are…


Via @chthonicionic

them happy birthday copyright

Warner/Chappell may not own the rights to “Happy Birthday” after all, which would mean they owe a LOT of money

Do you really have to pay every time you sing “Happy Birthday To You”?

No. Of course not. Not unless you’re filming and charging people to see it.

But a last year a claim was filed against Warner/Chappell Music by a documentary film company, which says NO ONE should have to pay, regardless.

The film company argues the song “Happy Birthday To You” is in the public domain, and any limited copyright claim anyone had to the song expired in 1921.

Why is this important?

Well, for the simple reason that at present, if you want to use the song in any form of recorded media, you have to get permission from and pay a usage fee to Warner/Chappell Music.

It’s the reason that most people sing the the public domain “For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow” instead. Even in singing “Happy Birthday To You” IN KILINGON is a no-go.

If this lawsuit succeeds, Warner/Chappell will be open to nearly 80 years of wrongful charge claims

The big businesses behind television and film are is unlikely to sit back and just let that money to get pissed away down the drain. The financial repercussions for Warner/Chappell Music could be immense.

They currently collect about $2m a year in usage fees

Although the music first appeared in the 1890s it was for a different song: “Good Morning To All”

The original copyright claim comes from the fact the music and lyrics of the song “Good Morning to All”, by the Hill Sisters, were published in a book called Song Stories of the Kindergarten - with a note saying that “Happy Birthday” could be sung to the same tune.

The copyright for this book ended in 1921, and for a revised edition in 1924 - basically it appears that the publishers weren’t that bothered about extending the copyright so the music fell into public domain.

In 1924, the lyrics and music of the song we all know were published together for the first time, in a book which did not claim ownership or authorship of this now public domain material.

They were then republished in songbooks several times - each time using the fact them material was in public domain, and making no claim to ownership or copyright.

In 1935, a new piano arrangement of the same tune was made by original composer Jessica Hill, who sold on her original rights to the song with its first publication

The song was then re-registered for copyright. But the claim makes the argument that it wasn’t eligible for Federal Copyright protection:

Therefore, the plaintiffs claim, it is that ONE specificpiano arrangement which is under copyright, AND NOTHING ELSE!

In April this year the court threw out the Warner/Chappell request to dismiss the case

The case is scheduled to start by November, and a jury case has been requested. It has the potential to cost Warner/Chappell a lot of money.

Although, that said, in Europe the song falls out of copyright in 2016. Until then we say HAPPY BIRTHTIME to YOU!

them stockholm metro beautiful photography

Whilst we’re stuck with the sweaty, overcrowded Tube, Stockholm gets stations like THIS

Seriously, the Stockholm Metro is a thing of absolute beauty

Some of the stations look like the underground lairs of Bond villains

These pictures were all taken by photographer Alexander Dragunov

We imagine the effect is probably somewhat ruined when the stations are full, but still

They’re definitely a hell of a lot more impressive than any part of the London Underground we’ve seen

You can see more of Dragunov’s photos here.

them communists communist party of the usa communism

The Communist Party celebrating its 20th Anniversary. In 1939. In the USA!

The continued existence of the Communist Party of the United States of America may come as something of a surprise

This is a country after all which will not even let international members of the party across its borders without an enormous amount of red tape. And the 1954 Communist Control Act which technically outlaws the party has never been repealed. Yet the party exists to this day with between 2-3,000 members.

But the party was at its political height in the 1930s, as can be seen in this fascinating photo of their 20th anniversary celebrations in Chicago Stadium

In 1939 they had enough attendees to hold their meeting in a stadium

When they had their 95th anniversary this year, just over 300 people turned up.

Clearly some birthday celebrations are more equal than others…

Them your aunt

Your aunt is on Facebook, and she’s not shy about hitting the ‘share’ button

Some of these are so close to things we’ve actually seen family members share on Facebook it took us a while to figure out that it is actually satire.

1. Why didn’t we think of this?

2. You can’t argue with the facts

3. Again, we really can’t fault the logic

4. If this worries you, we recommend checking out Moms Against Gaming

5. It’s time to put a STOP to Arcade Fire

6. Ahhhh, memories…

You can see more Shares From Your Aunt on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

them computers hacking how about a nice game of chess?

Wasn’t computer hacking just MUCH COOLER in the 1980s?

This fantastic supercut of hacking in 1980s movies seems to suggest so

Can you spot them all?

We don’t know about you, but we LOVE the idea of Paypal showing us a giant skull being trapped behind prison bars when we forget our password

The future has really let us down.