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Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

I am watching PM Style and Amy and Kourtney gave Dennis Basso a birthday cake and Kourtney said, “let’s sing Happy Birthday” and Amy quickly said “we aren’t allowed.” 

Now, I understand why they can’t sing like brand songs and say certain things, but why can’t they sing Happy Birthday? Does someone own the lyrics? I just don’t know. I know someone can give me the answer. TIA

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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

The song is copyrighted, so there would be a royalty to pay.

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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

I didn't hear them say they couldn't sing HB to DB, but I have heard many times that the Happy Birthday song is copyrighted and can't be sung without permission (probablyby whomever owns the rights to it).

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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

I think you are correct that someone owns the lyrics to the song Happy Birthday.   So if the song is sung, QVC will have to pay royalties for the song.

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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

I once heard Dan Wheeler, who used to sing snatches of slongs a lot on the air years ago, say he couldn't do that any more because of copyright laws.  QVC must have told him to cut it out.

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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

It was under copyright but I think that changed a few years ago. It should be considered public domain now but maybe they don't know that.

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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

"Happy Birthday" has been public domain since 2015...ANYone can use it FREE

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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

According to a court filing on Monday, music publisher Warner/Chappell will pay $14 million to end a lawsuit challenging its hold on the English language's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You." ... Warners was expecting to have "Happy Birthday" under copyright until 2030.Feb 9, 2016
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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

 

Federal judge claimed in 2015 none of the companies had a valid copyright claim.  

 

"None of the companies that have collected royalties on the "Happy Birthday" song for the past 80 years held a valid copyright claim to one of the most popular songs in history, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled on Tuesday.

In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, the judge ruled that Warner/Chappell never had the right to charge for the use of the "Happy Birthday To You" song.

 

Tuesday's ruling means that the song is now considered a public work and is free for everyone to use without fear of having to pay for it, according to a statement from the plaintiffs' attorneys."

 

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-happy-birthday-song-lawsuit-decision-20150922-story.htm...

 

QVC doesn't know this?

 

 

 

 

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Re: Why can’t they sing Happy Birthday to DB?

Yes, a class-action lawsuit was brought against Warner Music and settled in 2016.  They agreed to pay a settlement of $14 million for fees they charged for the use of the song.

 

Greed knows no bounds with big corporations.  There are still a lot of people who don't know that the song is now in the public domain and, of course, Warner Music will do nothing to enlighten them!