Federal judge rules 'Happy Birthday' song in public domain

September 23, 2015 6:50 AM

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Federal judge rules 'Happy Birthday' song in public domain

FILE- In this July 25, 2015, file photo, Terrance Jackson, left, Doris Ware, second from left, and Beverly Booker, right, sing "Happy Birthday To You" to Bernice Williams, seated, as she celebrates her 103rd birthday in the Mill City neighborhood of Dallas. (AP)

LOS ANGELES – The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song "Happy Birthday To You" for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

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