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Is it true that someone purchased the rights to the birthday song?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (14090points) 3 days ago

Was the birthday song bought, and restaurants have to pay to use.

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Some music publishers have copyrights over specific arrangements of the song, but the original song itself dates from the 19th Century and is well out of copyright.

In one specific case Warner/Chappell Music tried to claim that their copyright over one specific arrangement gave them rights to the song as a whole. This claim was eventually ruled invalid in federal court.

Pinguidchance's avatar

“Was the birthday song bought, and restaurants have to pay to use”. (sic)

April 15, 1955: McDonald’s opens its first franchise restaurant in Illinois.

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday ubiquitous health horror, happy birthday to you.

Who pays the piper?

elbanditoroso's avatar

Yes,someone did back in the 1930s – it went to court several times, and finally was placed in the public domain about three years ago.

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