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Pleased Birthday song to move into public domain

Posted December ten, 2015 09:24:54

A settlement has been reached in a US lawsuit with Warner/Chappell Music over the copyright to Content Birthday to You, that will put one particular of the world’s most recognisable songs in the public domain, according to court papers and a source close to the case.

Terms of the deal have been not disclosed in court papers announcing the settlement, but it puts an finish to the class action lawsuit filed in 2013 by a group of artists and filmmakers who sought a return of the millions of dollars in costs the firm had collected over the years for use of the song.

After the settlement is finalised, the song will be in the public domain, the supply mentioned. That signifies it will be free of charge for all to use without having fear of a lawsuit.

In September, chief US district judge George King in Los Angeles ruled that Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of privately owned Warner Music Group, did not personal a copyright to the Satisfied Birthday lyrics.

“While we respectfully disagreed with the court’s decision, we are pleased to have now resolved this matter,” Warner/Chappell mentioned in a statement.

An lawyer for the artists could not right away be reached.

The case garnered focus from about the world not only due to the fact the tune is so commonly performed, but since several people were not aware it was nonetheless beneath copyright, let alone purportedly owned by a main corporation.

Happy Birthday dates back to 1893

The song has a complex history reaching back to the 1893 publication of Great Morning to All, a children’s song written by a Kentucky woman named Mildred Hill and her sister Patty.

That melody sooner or later came to be sung with the familiar Satisfied Birthday lyrics.

Warner contended its copyright to the lyrics came by means of the Hill sisters’ publisher that it had acquired.

But Justice King mentioned that publisher never got the rights to the lyrics and so neither did Warner.

People who sing Happy Birthday in their houses or at private gatherings have generally never been at danger of a lawsuit.

But when the song has been used for industrial purposes, such as in films, Warner has enforced its rights, and took in an estimated $ 2 million in royalties for such makes use of every single year.

Reuters

Topics: courts-and-trials, copyright, music-business, united-states

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Public transport fare hike in Victoria to assist spend for ‘major projects’

Posted December 09, 2015 20:15:08

E-Class tram on Flinders St Photo: A day-to-day complete-fare trip on public transport in Melbourne will now cost $ 7.80. (Supplied: Yarra Trams)

Public transport fares will rise in Victoria by more than three per cent in the new year, but costs are nevertheless “good value”, according to the state transport authority.

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) said the expense of services such as trains, trams and buses would rise by an average of 3.2 per cent from January 1.

A every day complete fare trip across zone 1 in Melbourne will price $ 7.80, up from $ 7.52.

The improve will also affect two-hour, concession and regional travel fares.

PTV stated the hike was element of an annual fare adjustment that kept prices in line with the consumer cost index, along with an enhance that was flagged in the 2013 state spending budget update.

“The fare adjustment will … contribute to ongoing investment in a quantity of major public transport projects like the removal of 50 level crossings, Melbourne Metro Rail Project and new trains and trams that will increase capacity across the network,” it stated in a statement.

“Public transport fares continue to represent very good value, with zone 1 myki funds users paying $ three.90 for a two-hour fare.

“This represents a fare enhance of just ten cents in five years, when compared to the very same Metcard fare in 2011.”

The weekend and public vacation cap for travelling with a myki card would remain at $ 6.00, it said.

Final year’s adjustments saw the introduction of a totally free tram zone in Melbourne’s CBD, taking in well-known spots like the Queen Victoria Market place and Federation Square.

That would stay in spot in 2016, PTV mentioned.

A trial of all-night public transport on Friday and Saturday nights will also get underway in the new year.

Topics: states-and-territories, road-transport, vic

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Australian tax method ‘resembles 1950s’: Australian Public Service head

Posted December 08, 2015 21:13:58

Australian living standards are slipping, the tax technique resembles the 1950s and an “adult” debate over tax reform is needed, Australia’s subsequent prime public servant has stated.

Martin Parkinson, the incoming secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, told a organization lunch in Sydney the tax program was nevertheless heavily reliant on revenue and corporate taxes.

“Our tax system these days looks remarkably like it did in 1950/51,” Dr Parkinson mentioned.

Tax reform will be high on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agenda on Friday, such as a proposal to raise the GST to 15 per cent to cover a shortfall in Federal overall health and education funding to the states.

Dr Parkinson told the McKell Institute function in Sydney that tax reform was necessary to keep living requirements.

“Living requirements have currently began to fall, you can see that in the national accounts,” he stated.

“The falls are modest, so most people haven’t really recognised it however.”

The former federal treasury secretary mentioned in order to gain support for tax reform, politicians would need to have to treat the public “as adults” and explain the case for alter.

“All of us have to be far better at explaining the ‘why’ which genuinely comes down to what kind of Australia do we want to have?” Dr Parkinson mentioned.

“Do we want to have higher growth, higher-top quality jobs … solutions that our citizenry anticipate … and the capacity for safety nets to make certain we’re safeguarding the actually needy in our economy?”

Dr Parkinson said his comments should not be interpreted as an “insight into Government pondering” because he accepted the invitation to speak just before being appointed to his new part.

Subjects: government-and-politics, intergovernmental-organisations, public-sector, organization-economics-and-finance, australia

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Public service report points to lack of staff mobility

Posted December 01, 2015 08:22:36

Connected Story: More than 1,000 ACT public servants relocating to Woden town centre
Map: Canberra 2600

Public servants spend too significantly time stuck in one job and are missing out on the opportunity to broaden their horizons, the Australian Public Service (APS) says.

In the State of the Service report for 2014-15, the Australian Public Service Commission bemoaned the lack of employees mobility, noting that 80 per cent of personnel at APS level had only ever worked for one department.

The report mentioned staff stuck in the one particular department were not receiving the chance to broaden their perspectives and boost collaboration.

It stated elevated mobility would guarantee employees discovered new ways of issue solving, and grow to be far more familiar with private sector practices.

“A number of barriers exist to the movement of employees among agencies, other government jurisdictions and the private sector,” the report mentioned.

“Numerous are primarily based on perceptions, whilst other people are a lot more structural.

“In 2015, only 1.6% of APS staff moved among agencies.”

The report said that movement of staff should be utilized to create their expertise and prepare them for management roles.

Private leave also continues to be a concern to the public service, the report identified.

The report revealed personal leave rates averaged as high as 20 days per employee in some departments.

Across all departments, the average quantity of sick days taken per employee continued to rise, from 7.eight in 2011-12, to 9 in 2014-15.

The report said that engagement was a key element in determining how considerably leave employees took.

“Data collected this year shows that there is a complicated but clear relationship amongst employee engagement and sick leave use,” it stated.

“Importantly, the data shows a partnership among a variety of attendance management practices, such as managers becoming appropriately supported in managing employee attendance, and sick leave.”

Subjects: public-sector, government-and-politics, canberra-2600, act, australia

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Deal to have MONA style public space in Macquarie Point questioned

Posted November 30, 2015 18:24:21

Macquarie Point master plan overview Photo: The development will be landlocked with Sullivans Cove and the TasPorts-run Macquarie Wharf separating it from the waterfront. (Supplied: Macquarie Point Improvement Corporation)
Connected Story: Waterfront improvement could be ‘Hobart’s Opera Property moment’
Map: Hobart 7000

Inquiries are being raised about a deal to have the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) curate the public spaces of the $ 1 billion Macquarie Point redevelopment in Hobart.

The Macquarie Point Improvement Corporation will soon contract the museum’s curators to oversee the style of two main public spaces – Goods Shed Plaza and Goods Shed Park.

But Tasmanian developer Brendon Bourke mentioned the deal lacked transparency.

“There seems to be a lack of transparency in these sort of projects in Tasmania that are Government run,” he mentioned.

“MONA may possibly nicely be the greatest, but how would we know? I don’t know what the criteria was: how they had been chosen? By whom they have been chosen?

“That appears to be an problem for a lot of Tasmanian architects, designers and constructors.”

The proposed deal followed the good results of Dark Mofo, which converted the disused rail yards into Dark Park, attracting 76,000 people.

Hobart architect Tim Penny mentioned involving the arts neighborhood produced sense.

“It’s a good idea [but] I’m not entirely positive it really is going to value the development,” he said.

The corporation’s Elizabeth Jack disagreed, arguing MONA’s contribution would invigorate the space.

“It adds [value] for the developers but it also adds value for people that will be living and functioning here very first,” she stated.

Each the corporation and MONA mentioned there would be an opportunity for architects to be involved.

MONA stated there would be public consultation during the next six to 12 months as it worked on a idea for the public space.

Site’s master plan is confused, critics say

Mr Penny questioned whether there would be any developer interest in the wider internet site, saying the master strategy, which was released in June, is aspirational but confused.

“I suspect if they released the packages now, it would just fizzle,” he mentioned.

Mr Bourke agreed that the master plan was confused.

“I nevertheless have no great idea of what they’re aiming for, what they’re large picture is, what their philosophy is,” he said.

But Ms Jack stated there had been strong interest from developers and an expressions of interest process will open in mid-December.

The value of the contract with MONA will be created public when it is finalised in coming days.

Subjects: urban-improvement-and-preparing, hobart-7000

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