Warner owes the world hundreds of millions for fraudulently collected royalties
The full lawsuit goes through a detailed history of the song "Happy birthday" and any possible copyright claims around it. There's a link in the article.
As the filing notes, there are a variety of copyright claims around the song, but all are invalid or expired, and the very, very narrow copyright that Warner/Chappell might hold is not on the song itself. In other words, Warner/Chappell is almost certainly guilty of massive copyfraud — perhaps the most massive in history — in claiming a copyright it clearly has no right to.
This is going to be fun! :D
Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fees to use it in public per…