Good Morning to You Productions is bringing a federal class action against Warner/Chappell Music after the company insisted they own the copywright to the classic Happy Birthday song.
Court House News Service has revealed that Good Morning To You is producing a documentary about the 120 year old song, which, as expected, will include a rendition of the song itself.
It explains it reluctantly paid Warner/Chappell's demand for a $1,500 licensing fee, but was then shocked to receive a follow up letter from warning that it could face a $150,000 statutory penalty for copyright infringement.
Good Morning to You wants a declaration that "Happy Birthday" is in the public domain, class certification, together with financial compensation.
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