Filmmaker Challenging Copyright of Happy Birthday Song

Jennifer Nelson, a filmmaker, paid for the rights to use the Happy Birthday song in a documentary she is working on about the song’s long history and its current copyright standing. But now she is suing Warner/Chappell Music and she’s claiming that the song belongs in the public domain and should be available for anyone to use for free.

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