‘Happy Birthday to You’ Copyright Challenged in Class Action

2 12 2014

[O]ne production company has decided to take this battle to the courts in the hopes of overturning what it feels are misappropriated copyright protections… The evidenced entered into the case by Good Morning To You Productions dates back to 1893, when a manuscript containing 73 songs was sold by sisters Mildred J. and Patty Smith Hill to publisher Clayton F. Summy. One of those songs was titled “Good Morning to All,” which contains the original melody for the song that became “Happy Birthday to You.” Within the year, Summy published Song Stories for the Kindergarten, which included “Good Morning to All,” and in October 1893, Summy obtained copyright protection as the proprietor, but not as the author, of the collection of songs.


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