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'Happy Birthday To You' Copyright Case Settled

Law360, New York (December 9, 2015, 12:56 PM EST) -- Warner/Chappell Music has settled a sprawling class action over its now-invalidated copyright for "Happy Birthday to You,” avoiding further litigation on how much it must repay to thousands who licensed the right to use the iconic song.

A group of schoolchildren is pictured in 2013 singing "Happy Birthday to You" to the late Nelson Mandela. (Credit: AP) The settlement, announced in a court filing Wednesday, comes two months after Warner was hit with a ruling that it had never owned any rights to the iconic birthday song — a big surprise, given that the music publisher had spent years charging millions...

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June 20, 2013

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