Dec 09, 2015
By Michael Kramer
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over whether or not the song Happy Birthday is owned by a music publisher – that has earned millions by enforcing its copyright.
In September a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that Warner/Chappell Music didn’t own the lyrics – and had no right to charge for their use.
A trial was set to begin next week – on calls for the publisher to return fees collected over the years for use of the song – in movies and other commercial ventures.
That trial could have settled whether the song is in the public domain.
But the judge cancelled the trial because a settlement was reached.
No details were disclosed.