28th Oct 2014

Should We Pay to Sing "Happy Birthday?"

Warner Music Group thinks you should pay to sing the Happy Birthday song. For many years, the company has been charging people $1500 to use the song in their artistic endeavors, but now they are being sued for it. A documentary filmmaker is claiming that the company only has rights to a specific piano arrangement of the song and only that specific arrangement. The Hindu Business Line reports that the company has not responded to the lawsuit, but has always claimed rights to the song since purchasing Birchtree Lts. in 1988. Birchtree Lts. claimed ownership of the song before Warner. Read more here: Warner Music sued over Happy Birthday copyright