A US film production firm has lodged a lawsuit arguing that the most popular song in the English language, "Happy Birthday to You," should be public property and not subject to copyright.
A candle on a cake to celebrate a birthday, April 24, 2013. The "Happy Birthday to You" song is the subject of a fresh US legal dispute, with a production firm claiming the tune's copyright owner has no exclusive right to the most popular song in the English language.
Good Morning to You Productions (GMTY), which is making a documentary on the tune, said it was forced to pay Warner/Chappell $1,500 to use the song in order to avoid being fined $150,000 for unauthorized use.
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