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Holder of copyright on Happy Birthday changes its tune

copyright_Happy_Birthday_invaled.jpgOne of the world's biggest music publishers has been raking in millions for years for public performances of the well-known Happy Birthday song, while the rights were, in fact, invalid.

Warner/Chappell thought it had the copyrights on the song, which was written at the end of nineteenth century. Its original title was Good Morning To You which allegedly earned Warner/Chappell around two million dollars a year.

However, following the court decision they have now decided to change their tune. The court rejected their claim that the copyright on the text did not expire until 2030. 

The music publisher has since set up a fourteen million dollar fund for those who have erroneously paid for public performances of the birthday song since 1949.

Topics: Copyright