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.
Mazumdar, Ruma, "“Happy Birthday to You” and You and You—The Song Belongs to All of Us!" (2016). AELJ Blog. 99.