Update to Happy Birthday Copyright Case

A couple of years ago Green Comet featured a story about silly copyright claims to the song “Happy Birthday.”  The post was called Happy Birthday – Pay Up, and it was about some filmmakers who were fed up with the hassle.  Now there are some new developments, and things are looking up.

It’s been two years since filmmakers making a documentary about the song “Happy Birthday” filed a lawsuit claiming that the song shouldn’t be under copyright. Now, they have filed (PDF) what they say is “proverbial smoking-gun evidence” that should cause the judge to rule in their favor.

Source: Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun” | Ars Technica


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