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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-happy-birthday-song-lawsuit-decision-20150922-story.html

 

In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music does not hold a valid copyright claim to the "Happy Birthday To You," song.

 

Warner had been enforcing its copyright claim since it paid $15 million to buy Birch Tree Group, the successor to Clayton F. Summy Co., which owned the original copyright. Royalties on the song bring in about $2 million a year for Warner, according to some estimates.

 

 A change of pace in discussions here!!


A welcome change indeed. However, that just blows a question in a trivia site from about a month ago. The question, "what is the most sung, copyrigthted song?" I was shocked when the answer was the Happy Bday song. Wonder how many, the world over have violated the copyright laws by not paying a royalty for each rendition?


Sure that many has been doing so, but they made sure they got their bite when it was in the movies, etc.


This was why, when someone was celebrating a B'day at a restaraunt, the waitstaff sang something else entirely. Be nice to hear the "proper song" from here on....provided SCOTUS doesn't overturn the lower court decision.

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"Let's Get Ready to Rumble" is trademarked by iconic ring announcer Michael Buffer: Ring Announcer Michael Buffer

 

Guess it runs in the family, per Wikipedia: "His half-brother Bruce is the announcer for leading mixed martial arts promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship. Both Michael and Bruce are grandsons of late boxer Johnny Buff."


Very cool!

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@fangoh45 wrote:

@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-happy-birthday-song-lawsuit-decision-20150922-story.html

 

In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music does not hold a valid copyright claim to the "Happy Birthday To You," song.

 

Warner had been enforcing its copyright claim since it paid $15 million to buy Birch Tree Group, the successor to Clayton F. Summy Co., which owned the original copyright. Royalties on the song bring in about $2 million a year for Warner, according to some estimates.

 

 A change of pace in discussions here!!


A welcome change indeed. However, that just blows a question in a trivia site from about a month ago. The question, "what is the most sung, copyrigthted song?" I was shocked when the answer was the Happy Bday song. Wonder how many, the world over have violated the copyright laws by not paying a royalty for each rendition?


Sure that many has been doing so, but they made sure they got their bite when it was in the movies, etc.

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@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-happy-birthday-song-lawsuit-decision-20150922-story.html

 

In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music does not hold a valid copyright claim to the "Happy Birthday To You," song.

 

Warner had been enforcing its copyright claim since it paid $15 million to buy Birch Tree Group, the successor to Clayton F. Summy Co., which owned the original copyright. Royalties on the song bring in about $2 million a year for Warner, according to some estimates.

 

 A change of pace in discussions here!!


A welcome change indeed. However, that just blows a question in a trivia site from about a month ago. The question, "what is the most sung, copyrigthted song?" I was shocked when the answer was the Happy Bday song. Wonder how many, the world over have violated the copyright laws by not paying a royalty for each rendition?

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"Let's Get Ready to Rumble" is trademarked by iconic ring announcer Michael Buffer: Ring Announcer Michael Buffer

 

Guess it runs in the family, per Wikipedia: "His half-brother Bruce is the announcer for leading mixed martial arts promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship. Both Michael and Bruce are grandsons of late boxer Johnny Buff."


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In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music does not hold a valid copyright claim to the "Happy Birthday To You," song.

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Does anybody know if the "Let's Get Ready To Rumble" phrase is still copyrighted? It used to be if you said anything close to that, they came after you with a lawsuit.
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wow, that is interesting and lot of money involved with the ruling. and yes, great of pace for the site!

dont take life too serious
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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-happy-birthday-song-lawsuit-decision-20150922-story.html

 

In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music does not hold a valid copyright claim to the "Happy Birthday To You," song.

 

Warner had been enforcing its copyright claim since it paid $15 million to buy Birch Tree Group, the successor to Clayton F. Summy Co., which owned the original copyright. Royalties on the song bring in about $2 million a year for Warner, according to some estimates.

 

 A change of pace in discussions here!!

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