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Is the "Happy Birthday" song still copyrighted?

I always thought it was never in TV shows or anything because it cost a whole lot to use, but I’ve been hearing it more recently—what gives?

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Derrick Reichert
February 28, 2020 9:55PM

Gone are the days of TV families having to resort to “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” around the birthday cake. “Happy Birthday to You” officially became part of the public domain in 2016 after a judge ruled in a lawsuit that music publisher Warner/Chappell didn’t actually own the copyright to the song. The ruling also mandated that Warner/Chappell return $14 million to people who had paid to use the song (a nice birthday present, if a little late).

It’s still not completely clear where the song originated or if Warner/Chappell ever actually held the copyright at all, but the prevailing theory is that it was written in 1893 by Patty and Mildred Hill.

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S9 Express
March 09, 2020 9:46AM

always thought it was never in TV shows or anything because it cost a whole lot to use

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Richard David Bernier
March 13, 2020 8:38PM

no

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austin FOX
March 12, 2020 4:47PM

Yes it is

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Lillian Torke
March 11, 2020 1:51AM

no, it's not you must still realize how we sing it today if it was then after they sing the happy birthday song your parents would be standing outside hading somebody money

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CRAIN,MEMPHIS SPSB
March 09, 2020 2:47PM

It's public domain

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O-zy Ha
March 09, 2020 5:54PM

yes it is obz

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Esra Fadlelmula
March 08, 2020 1:07PM

yes it still is!

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