March 01, 2016 Decisions in Brief

Decisions in Brief

John C. Gatz

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Can We Finally Sing “Happy Birthday”?

Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music Inc., 116 U.S.P.Q.2d 1563 (C.D. Cal. 2015). Rupa Marya filed a class action suit to invalidate any alleged copyright that Warner/Chappell enforced for the song Happy Birthday To You. Marya moved for summary judgment that Warner/Chappell did not own a valid copyright to the lyrics, and the court granted the motion.

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