Warner Music Sued Over ‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright

by kchatham on June 18, 2013

It is the most recognized song in the world, according to the Guinness World Records.

But for decades, instead of launching into a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday To You, characters in films and TV shows have instead sung a strange facsimile to mark a celebration.

The reason is that Happy Birthday, sung at millions of parties around the world every day, is copyrighted, and those using it for ‘commercial ends’ are obliged to pay owners Warner Music for the privilege.

Now, through her film company, documentary maker Jennifer Nelson is launching a lawsuit against the music giant.


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