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Old 17 January 2016, 11:50 PM
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Read This! Happy Birthday song copyright change

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http://www.theguardian.com/music/201...uish-copyright

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...on 8 December, Judge King vacated the trial, saying all parties in the case had agreed to settle. “It resolves all issues,” said Randall Scott Newman, an attorney for one of the plaintiffs.

He and other lawyers declined to provide details of the settlement, which is awaiting the judge’s approval. However, the previous ruling and the settlement strongly imply that the lyrics will become available for free.
I have been eagerly awaiting an update. I have not see any updates. I post the article here in case anyone has found an update.
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Old 18 January 2016, 02:25 AM
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I have been eagerly awaiting an update.
I'm wondering what news you're waiting for. The ruling seems to resolve (for now) the issue of the music and I don't think the court would further address the lyrics in approving the settlement.
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Old 18 January 2016, 02:33 AM
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Should be worth a follow-up article at least. Maybe a journalist needing to file some lines will do it, having seen these posts.

Still, there should not be any ruling, I would think. On the other hand, all that evidence is public record, and anyone wanting to challenge the copyright for their own use has a roadmap to all they need to defeat it, as well as an opinion (not binding precedent, but influential). As it stands, though, a lot of people will still avoid using the song in public so as not to attract the litigation.
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Old 18 January 2016, 09:16 AM
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Here's an update from the UK. The song is still under copyright in the UK. The younger sister, Patty Hill, died on 25th May, 1946 and so under UK law the copyright will not run out until 26th May this year. (Like other countries in the EU copyright only expires seventy years after the death of the final writer. It cannot be re-newed except by Act of Parliament.)
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Old 18 January 2016, 11:36 AM
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I would think that only applies if the Hills had a valid copyright, which is still disputed.
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Old 09 February 2016, 05:42 PM
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Icon106 Happy Birthday: Warner Offers Up To $14M To Settle Copyright Dispute

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Warner Music has proposed paying up to $14 million US to settle a contentious dispute over the song Happy Birthday to You.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/happy-bi...ment-1.3440182
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Old 09 February 2016, 10:46 PM
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I would think that only applies if the Hills had a valid copyright, which is still disputed.
Not in the UK. Even if the copyright is sold, it still expires 75 years after the death of the author.
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Old 10 February 2016, 01:10 AM
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I see, Andrew.
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Warner Music has proposed paying up to $14 million US to settle a contentious dispute over the song Happy Birthday to You.
I can't wait to get my forty-six bucks. Huh? That's not how it works?
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