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'Happy Birthday' lawsuit: Tentative settlement puts song in public domain

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Warner Music Group and others who fought to hold the copyright on "Happy Birthday to You" have given up their claims to the popular song, according to the terms of a proposed settlement deal that signals the end of a contentious three-year dispute.

The proposed deal, which was disclosed Monday in court filings, offers up to $14 million for those who paid licensing fees to use the song.

The lawyers who battled Warner Music and its publishing arm, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., could also see a windfall. In court papers, attorneys said they planned to ask a federal judge for about $4.6 million to cover their legal costs.

The settlement is tentative pending approval by U.S. District Judge George H. King.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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