A quick search didn't show this has run, elsewhere, so: My son attends a University and waits on tables at a local Italian restaurant for spending $. He recently told me the waiters are not allowed to sing the original "Happy Birthday" song and must make up different jingles because of copyright laws on the song. He also said he'd heard that Michael Jackson was the one who had purchased the rights to the song. True or False? Are restaurant employees infringing on copyright laws if they elect to use the melody and lyrics to sing the original Happy Birthday song to a celebrating customer?