WMG Wants Claims Sliced From 'Happy Birthday' IP Suit

Law360, New York (September 4, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT) -- A unit of Warner Music Group Corp. on Friday asked a California federal judge to gut most of a class action accusing the record company of claiming bogus copyright protection for the ubiquitous "Happy Birthday to You” song, arguing the state-law claims are preempted by federal law.

Warner/Chappell Music Inc. says it will wait to attack the declaratory claim that its copyright for the world-famous song is invalid, but is asking the court to toss surrounding claims that it violated California's false advertising and unfair business practices...
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