A US judge has told the company collecting royalties to “Happy Birthday to You” that it does not a valid copyright to the song.
The tune was composed by two Kentucky sisters in 1893, who called their version, Good Morning To All, which later evolved into version that is now sung at birthday parties around the globe. The copyright was acquired by Warner/Chappell in 1988.
The judge has ruled that the original copyright was only granted for the song, not for the arrangements of the music. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out!
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