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.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/22/442694777/happy-birthday-to-us-all-judge-rules-tune-is-public-domain 

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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