Judge frees ‘Happy Birthday’ song from copyright claims

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Court winLandmark decision on world’s most popular song.

BERLIN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 07: Thomas Heinze, Nora Rochlitzer and Dana Schweiger attend the 40th birthday party of Franziska Knuppe on December 07, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Porikys/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES (CBS13/AP) — The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song “Happy Birthday To You” for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. File-This July 18, 2013, file photo shows a group of kindergarten children singing Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. US district judge George H King ruled on Tuesday the copyright originally filed by the Clayton F Summy Co in 1935 applied to a specific arrangement of the song, not the tune itself. It’s unbelievable.” Among the plaintiffs was film-maker Jennifer Nelson, who was told she would have to pay $1,500 USD in order to include Happy Birthday in a documentary she was making about its history.

CHICAGO —Most Americans will fall victim to at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, and when this occurs, it often can be deadly, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine, which advises the U.S. government and policymakers. The basic “Happy Birthday” tune, derived from another popular children’s song, “Good Morning to All,” has long been in the public domain, and King’s decision, though it could be appealed, makes the entirety fair game for use. The report called for greater emphasis on improving diagnoses in the United States and reducing the number of errors, which they defined as either an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis. Jay Morgenstern, then executive vice president of the Warner Chappell Music Group, told the New York Times a year after the acquisition the song had proved “a very good investment”.

The lawsuit also asked for monetary damages and restitution of more than $5 million in licensing fees it said in 2013 that Warner/Chappell had collected from thousands of people and groups who’ve paid to use the song over the years. Studies of patient medical records also suggest that 6 percent to 17 percent of “adverse events,” or harms that occur to patients during a hospital stay, resulted from diagnostic errors. That song was written by sisters Mildred Hill and Patty Hill sometime before 1893, the judge said, adding that the sisters assigned the rights to it and other songs to Clayton F. DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long avoided a firm position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, broke her silence on Tuesday and said she opposed it.

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