Warner Wins Stay Of Some Claims In 'Happy Birthday' Suit

Law360, New York (October 23, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT) -- A Warner Music Group Corp. unit partially won its bid to narrow a class action alleging the company is claiming bogus copyright protection for the ubiquitous song “Happy Birthday to You,” as a California federal judge on Wednesday limited the case to the central issue of the copyright's validity.

In its September motion to dismiss, Warner/Chappell Music Inc. did not attack the declaratory claim that its copyright for the world-famous song is invalid, but asked the court to dismiss surrounding claims that the company violated California’s...
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