Why popular song Happy Birthday To You belongs to all
Popular song Happy Birthday To You belongs to the public and is not subject to any copyright, a US federal judge has ruled. Judge George H King ruled that Warner/Chappell never had the right to charge for the use of the song.music Updated: Sep 23, 2015 16:13 IST
A US federal judge has ruled that the world's most popular song Happy Birthday To You is not subject to any copyright and belongs to the public, reports said.
Until now anyone who anyone who wanted to sing or play the song commercially had to cough up a royalty to the music publishers.
The song was written in 1893 by a Kentucky schoolteacher Patty Smith Hill and her older sister Mildred J Hill. They wrote the song for Patty's kindergarten students, titling it Good Morning To All and the original lyrics were: "Good morning to you/Good morning to you/Good morning, dear children/Good morning to all."
First Published: Sep 23, 2015 15:19 IST