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In 1998 The Time Warner Corporation (now under the direction of an investors group led by Edgar Bronfman) bought the rights to “Happy Birthday to You”. 

The company has mandated that royalties must be paid if the song is sung in public or to a group that does not consist of mostly family and/or friends. Technically, this means you are infringing on copyright laws when you join in to sing Happy Birthday to a stranger in a restaurant or pub. 

To date the company receives roughly $5000/day in royalties from television, movies and radio. The good news is… Time Warner would face a public relations nightmare if they went after an individual for singing Happy Birthday. So we say, join in wherever you can, sing loud and proud, “Happy birthday to you…”


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