Monday, October 13, 2014

“Happy Birthday to You” is Copyright Registered

The song "Happy Birthday" was written on October 13, 1893.
October 13, 1893
As of 1988 and according to Guinness Book of World Records, the “Happy Birthday” song is the most recognized song in the English language. (It is followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”) Copyrighted on this day, the song’s melody comes from the song, “Good Morning to All” and was written by Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893. In 1988, Warner/Chappell Music purchased the company owning the copyright for $25 million. The song has a value estimated at $5 million and the copyright should not expire until 2030. On September 22, 2015, a U.S. District Court Judge George H. KIng ruled in favor of filmmakers by putting the song into public domain. If the ruling stands, movies, TV shows and plays will be able to use the song for free.