Did you know that the “Happy Birthday” song was not copyrighted until a smart woman did the research and discovered it was in the public domain?
She was granted a copyright, and each time you hear the song being played on air she gets a royalty.
In the 1960’s some of the major American Car companies had failed to properly Copyright and Trademark there in Europe. It was a multimillion-dollar mistake. One enterprising young college student discovered the oversight and went from country to country in Europe doing the necessary legal work to ‘Capture’ the name.
In order to sell their cars in Europe, these companies ended up paying him in millions in licensing fees