In April, the Free Culture movement celebrated its one year anniversary. What is Free Culture, you ask? It is a college-based movement which wants to ensure that humanity's traditional values of innovation and creativity are not stifled. From their manifesto:

The freedom to build upon the past is necessary for creativity and innovation to thrive. We will use and promote our cultural heritage in the public domain. We will make, share, adapt, and promote open content. We will listen to free music, look at free art, watch free film, and read free books. All the while, we will contribute, discuss, annotate, critique, improve, improvise, remix, mutate, and add yet more ingredients into the free culture soup.

Anyway, as a belated birthday present, the good people at Creative Commons got Internet celebrities like Jimmy Wales (the founder of Wikipedia) and Mitch Kapor (founder of Lotus, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and current chair of the Mozilla Foundation) to sing "Happy Birthday." But since "Happy Birthday" is still under copyright, they had to license the song. But it gets even more complicated:
This is because clearing rights to use music, under our current system of copyright is very complex. You need to clear every element you use. So in this recording, Warner's owns the lyrics and the composition and we have a limited license to use those & make them available to you for your personal use. The loops and sounds are owned by a loop distributor and licensed to us under a limited license that means we can't make it available to you to remix. But we own the rights in the recording in its entirety. We can -- and we do -- license the rights to the recording under a Creative Commons Attribution license. But because the nature of music is that the recording, the lyrics and the music are inextricably linked, to be able to exercise any of your rights in the recording under the Creative Commons Attribution license other than for personal or fair use, you will need to contact Harry Fox or Warner Chappell Music for permission to use the lyrics and composition and PowerFX to use the loops and sounds.

While I understand that the point of the exercise was both to educate about the hazards of the Internet and to raise money for Free Culture (both of which are laudable), their version of Happy Birthday is almost as bad as Richard Stallman's rendition of the Free Software Song. Please donate, if only so that Free Culture's 2nd birthday has better music!