'Happy Birthday' Attorneys Want $4.8M In Fees

By Bill Donahue (April 28, 2016, 5:12 PM EDT) -- The attorneys who won a ruling last year invalidating Warner/Chappell Music Inc.'s copyright monopoly on "Happy Birthday to You" are now asking for $4.84 million for doing so.

Warner/Chappell claimed exclusive ownership of the iconic tune for decades, but a federal judge ruled in September that the publisher had never actually acquired the song from its original owners. The publishing giant signed a settlement in December, forking over $14 million to repay those who licensed the song and conceding that it's in the public domain.

On Wednesday, the four firms that fought the case — Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz...

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