1.) It’s sung every day all over the world, and because of that, Warner/Chappel Music Inc., makes about $2 million dollars a year.
The song “Happy Birthday to You” was first published in 1893 as “Good Morning To All,” written by sisters Patty and Mildred Hall. But the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group insists it holds the copyright to “Happy Birthday to You.” Yesterday, a class action suit was filed in federal court asking the song to be put in the public domain and that Warner/Chappel return millions in licensing fees it has collected. There’s no word on when the court may act on the suit.
2.) If you need a good excuse to continue playing video games, here’s something to consider. According to a just published study done by researchers at the Duke School of Medicine, gamers "see the world differently" than non-gamers. We're not talking about vision of the 20/20 variety, but the ability of the eyes and brain to track visual movement, which researchers discovered is much more acute amongst those who called themselves "very intensive gamers."
3.) You would have thought a psychic would have seen this coming, but a judge has ordered her to pay $7 million dollars to a couple for defamation. The Houston Chronicle reports that Presley “Rhonda” Gridley called the police in 2011 to tell them she had a vision of a mass grave on the property of Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton. At the time, police were looking for some missing kids in a high-profile Amber Alert case. When the psychic told them the kids could be found in the alleged mass grave, cops acted on the tip and mounted a search. The media got wind of it and, voila, Bankston and Charlton were in the news as potential child-killers. They've now got their revenge thanks to the defamation ruling, although it's not clear how Gridley could possibly come up with the money.