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Happy Birthday: my campaign to liberate the people's song | Guardian Docs

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For years, global music publisher Warner/Chappell claimed copyright of the Happy Birthday song, demanding payment for any public performance of it. Subscribe to The Guardian ► Jenn Nelson tells the story of her four-year campaign to prove that the company did not in fact own the rights to the world-famous song, whose tune was composed by two sisters in Kentucky in 1893. A judge’s decision on 30 June to approve a $14m settlement means the song is now in the public domain. 6x9 experience solitary confinement ► The Guardian ► Suggested videos: I was Ronald McDonald ► The Yes Men: skip showers for beef ► Guardian playlists: Comment is Free ► Guardian Docs ► Guardian Features ► Guardian Animations & Explanations ► Guardian Investigations ► The Global Migration Crisis ► Anywhere but Westminster ► More Guardian videos: 6x9: experience solitary confinement – 36- video ► We Walk Together ► The last job on Earth ► Patrick Stewart sketch: what has the ECHR ever done for us? ► How to hide a billion dollars - the Panama Papers ► The Syrian Spaceman who became a refugee ► The epic journey of a refugee cat ► If I Die On Mars ► We can't ban everything that offends you ► Revenge Porn: Chrissy Chambers and her search for justice ► Mos Def force fed in Gitmo procedure ► Edward Snowden interview ► Bangladeshi Sex Workers take steroids ► Other Guardian channels on YouTube: Guardian Football ► Guardian Music ► Guardian Australia ► Guardian Tech ► Guardian Culture ► Guardian Wires ► Guardian Food ►