"The rights to the song “Happy Birthday to You” have been the subject of 80 years of legal battles, but they're coming to an end on March 14. On that day, the seven-note tune will finally go into the public domain, as the music publisher Warner/Chappell — which has been charging moviemakers and TV networks many thousands of dollars whenever they film people singing around a cake — has agreed to pay a $14 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by people who've paid to use the song."
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
‘Happy Birthday to You’ Is Finally Out of Copyright; New York Magazine, 2/10/16
Samuel Lieberman, New York Magazine; ‘Happy Birthday to You’ Is Finally Out of Copyright: