Document Type


Publication Date


Graduation Year



After close to three years of litigation, a copyright battle over whether the nation’s most sung song belongs to the public or a music publisher has finally been settled. The popular birthday celebration song that we’ve all grown up singing, “Happy Birthday To You” belongs to the public domain. As a result, anyone who wants to use the song in a video, movie, TV show, musical, or any sort of performance, will not have to worry about paying for the use of the song—it is totally free.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 16, 2016. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

Included in

Law Commons