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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
"Happy Birthday to You" won't cost you anymore
The copyright holders to the song "Happy Birthday to You" have been raking in a cool $2 million a year since they purchased it in the 80s, and began aggressively targeting anyone who used it. If you think that's a song that should be in the public domain, you aren't alone. A group of filmmakers banded together to sue, and they won.
It will soon be in the public domain where it belongs. The tune, by the way, was written in 1893.