The 80 year legal battle is over and children can now sing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ without fear of being sued by Warner/Chappell, the publishing arm of Warner Music, who claimed copyright. A California federal judge ruled Warner Music can no longer charge for the performance of the song. Phew!!
Mother’s no longer need to look over their shoulders to see a lawyer at the door at their 3 year old’s party because the song has been sung. Thank goodness their teenager can still rent a ‘Barney’ suit for $19.95 and not worry about having a prison record.
A spokesman for the company said, “Look, if we can’t make money on the birthday song we’ll purchase the rights to ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes.’ Millions of preschoolers sing that one all the time. We’ll even go after ‘Ring around the Rosie.’ Children should just watch their backs because we have lawyers, and lots of them.