Newswire: The copyright on the “Happy Birthday” song may finally be coming to an end

Since 2013, Good Morning To You Productions has been working on a documentary about the “Happy Birthday” song and its complicated origin. As part of the project, the production company filed a lawsuit against Warner/Chappell—which holds the rights to “Happy Birthday To You” and makes over a million dollars off of it every year—arguing that its claim to the song isn’t valid. The whole thing goes back almost a century, and it essentially revolves around the question of whether or not the song’s supposed original writers, sisters Mildred and Patty Hill (those miserly old crones) actually did write it and actually controlled the rights to it.

Good Morning To You has apparently found some new evidence, though, that makes any question about the Hill sisters irrelevant—except in terms of Comedy Bang Bang references. As reported by Ars Technica, the filmmakers recently uncovered a songbook …

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