Happy Birthday song is free for all to sing, USA judge rules

It is confirmed that the song "Happy Birthday To You" can now be sang freely without fear of paying royalties.

A judge in the United States has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music Inc. no longer owns the copyright for the use of the "Happy Birthday To You" song.

Warner/Chappell acquired the copyright - which was originally filed in 1935- in 1988.

CapeTalk’s Mike Willis (standing in for john Maytham) spoke to The Music Man, Sean Brokensha about the copyright on the iconic song.

In 2013 a film company, Good Morning to you production took Warner to court and today they won.

The Music Man, Sean Brokensha

The judge ruled that only the piano part of the melody, the copyright belongs to Warner and not the lyrics.

The Music Man, Sean Brokensha

Listen to the full conversation below:


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