Happy Birthday Song Subject To Copywright?

by admin on June 17, 2013

A federal class action is being taken against Warner/Chappell Music after the company insisted they own the copywright to the  Happy Birthday song.

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Production company Good Morning To You is making a documentary about the song, which, as expected, will include the song itself reports Court House News Service . It claims it reluctantly paid Warner/Chappell’s demand for a $1,500 licensing fee, but was then served with a second letter warning that it could face a $150,000 statutory penalty for copyright infringement.

Good Morning to You seek a  declaratory judgment that “Happy Birthday” is in the public domain, and financial compensation.

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