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02-25-2019 08:14 PM
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
02-25-2019 08:20 PM
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).
02-25-2019 08:21 PM
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.
02-25-2019 08:34 PM
02-25-2019 08:52 PM
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."
QVC doesn't know this?
02-25-2019 09:00 PM
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!
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