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The ownership of arguably the most well-known tune ever written, Happy Birthday to You, is set to be determined by a California federal judge.


  • In March, Judge George King heard two hours of oral arguments on whether Warner Chappell is the rightful copyright owner, or whether the tune is in the public domain.

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  • The research note details the claims made by a US production company questioning the ownership of the iconic tune Happy Birthday to You.
  • The research note details why Warner Chappell believes it is the owner of the tune.

Key questions answered

  • Why does the US production company Good Morning To You believe it is the owner of the tune Happy Birthday to You?
  • Why does the music publisher Warner Chappell believe it is the owner of the tune Happy Birthday to You?

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  • Summary
  • Happy Birthday to someone
  • Detailed timeline of rights claims
  • Judge to decide ownership


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