'Happy Birthday' song now copyright-free

September 23, 2015 5:48 AM

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Happy Birthday, the world's best-known English-language song, is now legally yours.

A U.S. District Judge ruled Tuesday (September 23) that Warner/Chappell Music's claim to the 120-year-old song wasn't legal, therefore freeing it from copyright. The ruling came amid a lawsuit challenging Warner/Chappell's attempt to fine a group of filmmakers $1,500 for the song's use.

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