Happy Birthday To You copyright case settled
9 December 2015
From the section Business
A legal dispute over copyright fees for the song Happy Birthday To You has been settled out of court.
The music company Warner/Chappell had claimed the rights to the song but earlier this year a judge ruled that the lyrics could be used without the need to pay royalties.
A group of artists and filmmakers had sought to claim back the money collected by the firm over the years.
The terms of the agreement have not been revealed.
Warner/Chappell is thought to have made $2m (£1.3m) a year by charging every time the song was used in a film, television episode, advertisement or other public performance.
It acquired the copyright in 1988 but a judge ruled it was only granted for specific arrangements of the music, not the song itself.
In a statement the company said: “While we respectfully disagreed with the court’s decision, we are pleased to have now resolved this matter.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment