'Happy Birthday' Singers Now Have Reason to Smile

A federal judge ruled against one music publishing company which has been collecting royalties on the song for years.
1:03 | 09/23/15

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Good news for musicians and movie makers and other content creators a federal judge says. Happy birthday song is fully in the public to think Bob that me that nobody has to pay royalties even if you are singing to the Pope in front of millions. A copyright holder said that never tried to collect from regular people just from those involved in commercial endeavors movies and TV shows things like. For a long time on the show we could never play happy birthday because that you have to pay licensing and whatever else it is that you have to pay. Dana just like at restaurants to another are certainly an Applebee's discern once you those places that get a global different sort of songs like. Happy he annual celebration under bird. It had no day without I don't know that is I believe that'll be they could take Iran and I'm not certain work that I do remember celebrating a few particularly can't and they came at us with some crazy different version of happy birthday and that is where I learned they weren't allowed. Applebee's please respond directly it is happy birthday song not a moral things out there you know.

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