WMG Can't Claim 'Happy Birthday' Copyright, Suit Says

Law360, New York (June 13, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT) -- A unit of Warner Music Group Corp. was hit with a proposed class action Thursday in New York federal court accusing it of claiming a bogus copyright for the world-famous song "Happy Birthday to You."

Good Morning to You Productions Corp., a production company working on a documentary about the song, claims that Warner/Chappell Music Inc. has unlawfully collected millions of dollars in licensing fees for the ubiquitous tune by claiming it holds the exclusive right to control distribution, performances and reproductions of it. "Happy Birthday to You,"...
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