Family Wins Rights to ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’

20 11 2015

The Wall Street Journal

October 8, 2015

Jacob Gershman

The company that holds the rights to one of the most familiar Christmas tunes will lose ownership of the song by the time Santa Claus comes to town next year, a federal appeals court has decided.

A Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Thursday ruled that the rights to “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” — now controlled by a Sony subsidiary — will terminate in mid-December 2016. The court said at the time the copyright will turn over to the descendants of John Frederick Coots, the man who wrote the classic holiday melody.


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