In a new series, we will be highlighting news stories each week that deal with the intersection of entertainment and law.
One of the most common songs in American culture is at the center of a legal battle that has been raging since the 1930’s: who owns the rights to “Happy Birthday”? LA based Warner/Chappell Music Inc. has been collecting licensing fees on the song for years, but two New York music producers are arguing that the song should be public domain. Whatever the judge decides, it might make you think twice before singing the song at your next birthday party– you don’t want to be sued for copyright infringement.
Check out the full article here: Judge Hears Copyright Fight Over ‘Happy Birthday To You’
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