Jun. 14th, 2013 12:29 am
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Birthday Song’s Copyright Leads to a Lawsuit for the Ages
The song “Happy Birthday to You” is widely credited for being the most performed song in the world. But one of its latest venues may be the federal courthouse in Manhattan, where the only parties may be the litigants to a new legal battle.

The dispute stems from a lawsuit filed on Thursday by a filmmaker in New York who is seeking to have the court declare the popular ditty to be in the public domain, and to block a music company from claiming it owns the copyright to the song and charging licensing fees for its use.

Date: 2013-06-14 01:16 pm (UTC)
musesfool: dan rydell (doer of wonderful deeds)
From: [personal profile] musesfool
I always think of Sports Night when someone mentions that Happy Birthday is under copyright:

Isaac: Someone holds the copyright to Happy Birthday?
Dan: The representatives of Patty and Mildred Hill.
Isaac: Took two people to write that song?
Dan: Go figure.

Date: 2013-06-14 01:48 pm (UTC)
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (BtVS: Buffy Grr)
From: [personal profile] frayadjacent
Gah, I hope they win. Do you know what the basis was for the copyright in the first place?

ETA: oh perhaps my question is answered by the other comment.
Edited Date: 2013-06-14 01:49 pm (UTC)

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