jeudi 14 décembre 2006

Who owns the song “Happy Birthday”?

“Happy Birthday” began as “Good Morning Dear Children” and was
written by educators Mildred and Patty Hill in 1893. In 1924, a
publisher changed the opening line to “Happy Birthday to You” and
it became a ritual to sing the song to anyone celebrating his or her
birthday. In 1934, after hearing the song in a Broadway musical, a
third Hill sister, Jessica, sued the show and won. The Hill family
was thereafter entitled to royalties whenever the melody was per-
formed commercially.

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