“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear (name). Happy Birthday to you.” Believe it or not, those four repetitive words earned Warner/Chappell, the publishing branch of the huge Warner Music Group, $2 million a year in royalties. A legal battle brewed over the rights to the song when filmmaker Jennifer Nelson challenged copyright laws to the popular birthday music.
Interesting research paper topics would be to write about the history and the copyright law on the “Happy Birthday to You” song. Read more