- briefly describe why 'Happy Birthday' is copyrighted, and that it's a legal liability for the company
- slightly modify 'Join us now, in freedom' to include birthday lyrics
- describe why it's freely singable, as long as you don't try to restrict others from singing it
- pay a real songwriter to compose alternative birthday song that people would actually want to sing as a birthday song
- license song as GPL or Creative Commons
- print out song and short description on postcards
- as a footnote, include a URL pointing to average-person-understandable description of how copyright is being weaponized, and that copyleft is an alternative
- send postcards to HQ for restaurants, letting them know they can sing it freely
- people hear the same song in multiple restaurants and start getting curious
- copyleft birthday song replaces copyrighted birthday song
- people start understanding copyright, copyleft, and Creative Commons better
- Freedom, freedom, freedom, oy!
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
It's your birthday
Your very special birthday
Your Buga-buga birthday
Happy Birthday from Bugaboo Creek Steak House!
* "B.C." is Boston College, and this song was sung by a friend from Boston University and a college hockey fan; note that lyrics may not be entirely accurate to the original.
Try leaving your taps open and soon the utility company will call you and ask you what you're doing.
And sometimes the man just comes in and shuts you down.
Source: Google Translate
That's not cheating, right?
Sounds to me like they don't care about crime
'Saturday night special' is what came to mind for me too. Is it only law enforcement that concerns themselves with gun crime, while the ATF is tasked with issues regarding the guns themselves?
SendGrid simply read Blum's email as past behavior and fired Richards rather than taking Blum's constructive advice.
I did appreciate Amanda Blum's take on this -- it was clear, almost wholly fact-oriented, and very informative.
Something like that owning up to her behavior, followed by a credible explanation that she changed as a result of the experience, and that her behavior was not to be interpreted as reflective of the company's values. Then followed by how she plans to make amends.
You're right about her mistake being public, so publicly trying to fix it seems an obvious option.