William T. McGrath: Court Could Put World’s Most Popular Song in the Public Domain

Aug. 8 – Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

The copyright status of the birthday song has long been a problem for independent filmmakers in particular. A filmmaker who wants to include the song in a film is faced with the Hobson’s choice of either paying a license fee for the music synchronization rights or cutting the song out of the film and possibly compromising the artistic integrity of the work.

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