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2008-09-01 00:06:00

By Jason Cato Pittsburgh turns 250 this fall, but if organizers plan to sing happy birthday during October's soiree they'd better be prepared to fork over some cash. "Happy Birthday to You," the four-line ditty heard by all at least once a year, is under copyright -- until 2030. "I know this is hard to believe," said Phil Crosland, a spokesman for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP. "But 'Happy Birthday' is a copyrighted composition." The tune was written...