January 20, 2021

The Editor speaks: Happy Birthday EVERYBODY

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k The following was sent to me today (17) by one of our readers: We are all 2018 today! Today the whole world is the same age! Today is a very special day. It happens only Once every 1,000 years. Your age + your year of birth, Every person is = 2018 It’s so strange […]

Happy Birthday copyright suit settles for $14 million

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By Ross Todd, From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music Inc. has agreed to pay $14 million to settle a class action challenging ownership rights to the song “Happy Birthday to You.” Warner/Chappell has also agreed to the entry of a judgment that would declare that the most popular song in the […]

Now it’s time for cake: Happy Birthday song suit settles

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By Cheryl Miller, From The Recorder SACRAMENTO — A long-standing legal fight over ownership rights to the song “Happy Birthday” appears to have ended. U.S. District Judge George King of the Central District of California on Tuesday announced that plaintiffs in a class action had reached a settlement with Warner/Chappell Music Inc. over the music […]

Judge blows out copyright on Happy Birthday song

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By Ross Todd, From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — In a ruling that could upend an 80-year licensing campaign for the song “Happy Birthday,” a federal judge in Los Angeles has concluded that Warner/Chappell Music Inc. doesn’t own a valid copyright for the song’s lyrics. The ruling Tuesday from U.S. District Judge George King of […]