New Happy Birthday Song, Copyright-Free

REPLAY VIDEO
Your next video will start in
Pause
  • Info

  • Comments

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- That's "It's your Birthday!" by Monk Turner and Fascinoma. If New Jersey radio station WFMU and the Free Music Archive have their way, it will soon replace the most recognized song in the English language, "Happy Birthday to You." And it's all because of copyright law. The "Happy Birthday To You" melody was published in the late 1800s by two sisters who taught elementary school, and it was registered for copyright, as "Happy Birthday To You" in 1935. Time Warner acquired the copyright in 1998. The song reportedly brings in two million dollars a year from licensing for films, TV shows, advertisements and the like; it won't enter the public domain until 2030 at the earliest.

Advertisement

BTV Channel Finder

Channel_finder_loader

ZIP is required for U.S. locations

Bloomberg Television in   change