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You can now sing Happy Birthday for free

A federal judge in California has ruled that all copyright claims to the song "Happy Birthday To You" are invalid, The Los Angeles Times reports, meaning that music publisher Warner/Chappell can no longer collect licensing fees from its commercial use. If the ruling holds up, "Happy Birthday," regarded as the most popular song in the English language, will enter the public domain.

In a 43-page decision, US District Judge George King ruled that the original copyright on the song, filed by the Clayton F. Summy Co. in 1935, only covered specific piano arrangements, and not the song's lyrics. Warner/Chappell, a subsidiary of Warner Music, acquired the copyright in 1988, when it acquired a company that had obtained Summy's catalog....

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