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Subject: Happy Birthday copyright invalid, says judge

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 09/23/15 at 5:12 pm

The world's most popular English-language song is potentially free from copyright after a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that filmmakers challenging Warner/Chappell Music's hold on "Happy Birthday to You" should be granted summary judgment.

According to the opinion on Tuesday from U.S. District Judge George H. King, "Because Summy Co. never acquired the rights to the Happy Birthday lyrics, Defendants, as Summy Co.’s purported successors-in-interest, do not own a valid copyright in the Happy Birthday lyrics."

The ruling means that Warner/Chappell will lose out on $2 million a year in reported revenue on the song. Unless something happens at an appellate court or unless someone else comes forward with a valid claim of ownership to the song, filmmakers like director Jennifer Nelson — who sued in 2013 over demands as much as six figures to license — will no longer have to pay to feature "Happy Birthday" in motion pictures and television shows.

Wow. What took them so damn long? Next up, "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree," I hope. What they did to Men at Work was cruel and unfair.

RIP "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"
C. 18th century — September 23, 2015
You were always a poor man's "Happy Birthday," anyway.

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