Dear ASCAP: May I sing Happy Birthday for my dad's 75th?

Carrie sez, "Partly inspired by the site UnhappyBirthday.com, I thought it'd be fun to encourage people to write ASCAP and ask for permission in advance any time they expect to sing 'Happy Birthday.' The post is focused on my own letter - written on behalf of my father, who turned 75 this month."

The copyright status of "Happy Birthday To You" and the law related to public performances of copyrighted works have recently been brought to my attention. I would therefore like to request permission in advance to sing "Happy Birthday" to my father at Frenchy's Original Cafe in Clearwater, Florida, on October 8, at approximately 1 pm.

My father will be turning 75 on this day and will probably be ordering the Seafood Gumbo and Fried Grouper. The rest of the party will include Charles Star, my brothers Peter and Paul, their spouses Karla and Cindee, and my mother Lynn. Five of us will be singing while my brothers merely mouth the words and smile. We expect there to be approximately 50 disinterested witnesses.

I realize this is short notice but we only recently settled the details. If there is a charge for the privilege of singing in this instance, please let me know. And, if there is, please specify whether or not the cost can be reduced by moving to another location.

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(Thanks, Carrie!)