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Who owns the song Happy Birthday?

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Asked by Shan Real, 05 Nov '09 11:50 pm
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This is where ownership rights of "Happy Birthday" become a movable feast. Jessica Hill worked with the Clayton F. Summy musical publishing company to first publish "Happy Birthday" as a copyrighted work in 1935, crediting the lyrics to Preston Ware Orem, an employee of Summy. Originally, the copyright owned by the Hill sisters would have lasted for two consecutive 28 year terms. However, modern changes to copyright law have added several more decades of protection, making "Happy Birthday" a privately-owned work until at least the year 2030.
Answered by kamal purohit, 05 Nov '09 11:53 pm

 
  
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The melody of "Happy Birthday to You" comes from the song "Good Morning to All", which was written and composed by American sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.[3] They were both kindergarten school teachers in Louisville, Kentucky, developing various teaching methods at what is now the Little Loomhouse., The sisters created "Good Morning to All" as a song that would be easy to sing by young children. The combination of melody and lyrics in "Happy Birthday to You" first appeared in print in 1912, and probably existed even earlier.], pp. 3132 None of these early appearances included credits or copyright notices. The Summy Company registered for copyright in 1935, crediting authors Preston Ware Orem and Mrs. R.R. Forman. In 1990, Warner Chappell purchased the company owning the copyright for US$15 million, with the value of "Happy Birthday" estimated at US$5 million.Based on the 1935 copyright registration, Warner claims that U.S. copyright will not expire until 2030, and that ...more
Answered by Arshad Khan, 05 Nov '09 11:54 pm

 
  
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