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Happy Birthday in the public domain

Last year, we commented decision by US District Judge George H. King according to which Warner/Chappell Music Inc. could not claim copyright ownership over the lyrics from the famous song Happy Birthday.

Technically, it did not mean that the lyrics were in the public domain. It only meant that Warner/Chappell did not own a valid copyright in them.

As a consequence, Warner/Chappell was being

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