Music - Happy Birthday


My understanding that the easily recognized "Happy Birthday" tune is in public domain. Does anyone know if there is a version of this that is very slow and mellow, without words, that is or can be looped?

Where would I look?

The "Happy Birthday" song is actually still protected by copyright which is why so many restaurant chains come up with really annoying alternate versions: no royalties.

I'm not sure when the copyright expires, but at the rate our elected officials are voting for the highest dollar, it may get extended yet again.

In any case, there's a page at that covers the song's history and current status.

That's not to say that you won't be able to find a MIDI file of it somewhere - it is the most sung song in the world, after all, and royalty fees are normally collected from large commercial entities such as films and restaurants.
Wow! Thank you so much!

No, I wouldn't use a MIDI if I found it. I have complete respect for copyright laws. I usually buy royalty-free music. Paying royalties is another option.
Thanks for setting the record straight.

Any composers in the group?