Happy Birthday to You Song Enters Public Domain

After more than 30 years, Warner/Chappell will have to find another way to make their $2,000,000 per year because a judge ruled, once and for all, that “Happy Birthday to You” belongs to all of us; it’s in the public domain.

Now, you might see more characters singing HBTU in movies and sitcoms and restaurants ditching their second-in-class birthday songs sung out of fear of copyright infringement charges.

If you want to read more about this September 2015 decision, check out this article on NPR.


About npiasecki

Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in 21st century skills, research, and creative nonfiction. Director of the Denver Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project's professional network for K through College educators.
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