A Little Friday File Fun

In Manchester, New Hampshire, an owner of an apartment building called a tow truck to have an illegally parked car removed. After the car had been placed on the tow truck and lifted, the owner of the vehicle showed up. According to the Union Leader, to avoid having his car towed, the man set it on fire. The tow truck driver unhitched and dropped the vehicle, at which time the owner extinguished the car fire himself before fire and police personnel arrived. He was arrested for arson.

In Syracuse, Indiana, a woman and her 9-year-old son got in her car, and the woman started backing out of her driveway. When she turned to look behind her, she spotted a spider on her shoulder and panicked. According to the Associated Press, she leaped out of the car. Her son jumped in the front seat and tried to stop the car, but hit the gas pedal instead, and the car crashed into a school bus. Fortunately, the son had only minor injuries, the bus driver wasn’t hurt and there were no passengers on the bus.

In Esto, Florida, police responded to a reported burglary at a liq.uor store and found the front door busted and a lottery ticket dispenser missing.  About eight hours later, a man entered the store to cash in a winning lottery ticket. According to the Panama City News Herald, the store clerk notified police who arrived and confronted the man. He admitted to the earlier burglary.

In California, a federal judge ruled that Warner/Chappell Music does not own the copyright rights to the famous “Happy Birthday to You” song. He determined the song’s original copyright, obtained by the Clayton F. Summy Co. from the song’s writers, only covered specific piano arrangements of the song and not its lyrics, according to the New York Daily News. The lawsuit was filed two years ago by Good Morning To You Productions Corp., which is working on a documentary film tentatively titled “Happy Birthday.” The company challenged the copyright now held by Warner/Chappell Music Inc., arguing that the song should be “dedicated to public use and in the public domain.” The lawsuit also asked for monetary damages and restitution of more than $5 million in licensing fees it said Warner/Chappell had collected from thousands of people and groups who’ve paid to use the song over the years.