Happy Birthday! Who sang it? Better Question – Who owns it?

In breaking news – A California Federal Judge has ruled that over the past 80 years, none of the companies who have claimed to have a valid copyright claim to the popular “Happy Birthday to You” song actually do.  The current purported holder of the copyright, Warner/Chapell (an affiliate of Warner Music) has been collecting between $1,500 and $5,000 per use (or about $2 million per year).  Predictably, plaintiff’s lawyers are now looking into bringing a class action litigation to recover royalties paid for the use of “Happy Birthday to You”  since 1988.

For more information, please see today’s Los Angeles Times article.

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