'Happy Birthday' May Finally Belong to All

Warner Music agrees to pay $14M in proposed settlement
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2016 8:23 AM CST
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(Newser) – "Happy Birthday to You" will finally be in the public domain if a proposed settlement is approved. Warner Music has announced it won't fight a move to make rights to the song public and will spend $14 million to end a class-action lawsuit in search of royalties paid to the company over the years. A federal judge, who in September found Warner never held any copyright to the song, still needs to approve the deal, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The $14 million will likely go to those who've paid to use "Happy Birthday" since 1949 and toward legal costs, per the Los Angeles Times. (Read more on the case here.)

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