Constitutional Law Copyright Law

Plot Thickens in “Happy Birthday” Suit

Two years ago I reported here on a lawsuit filed by NY filmmaker Jennifer Nelson trying to strike Warner Music’s copyright in the song “Happy Birthday.” She had been filming a documentary about the song and was charged $1,500. by Warner to use the song in her film. She then filed her suit seeking return […]

Copyright Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Lawsuit May Push “Happy Birthday” Into Public Domain

Last week, NY filmmaker Jennifer Nelson brought a lawsuit in Federal court to block Warner/Chappell, the publishing arm of media giant Warner Music Group, from claiming it owns the copyright to “Happy Birthday,” perhaps the world’s most commonly performed song. Ms. Nelson’s latest documentary is about the song “Happy Birthday” and when she wanted to […]