A settlement has been reached in a documentary filmmaker’s class action claim that the lyrics to “Happy Birthday to You” are in the public domain and not under copyright protection. The case drew a…
A group of filmmakers and a San Francisco musician are challenging Warner/Chappell Music’s claim to copyright ownership of what is perhaps the most popular song of all time — “Happy Birthday to You”…
A filmmaker and the lead musician of Rupa & The April Fishes have filed lawsuits against Warner/Chappell Music, claiming that the rights to “Happy Birthday to You” are in the public domain and…
It may come as a surprise to many that “Happy Birthday to You,” perhaps the most popular song in the English language, falls under copyright, or at least Warner/Chappell Music claims that they own…
The changing of the guard is continuing at Warner Music Group, as Warner Bros. Records prexy-COO Livia Tortella is ankling the company.
Rap titan Jay-Z and the publishing roster of his company Roc Nation have signed a global publishing administration deal with Warner Music Group's pubbery Warner/Chappell.
A group of Ray Charles' children have prevailed against the Ray Charles Foundation's legal effort to prevent them from reclaiming copyrights on about 60 of his best-known compositions.
In a music publishing deal estimated at $90 million, BMG has acquired the catalogs of Virgin Music, Famous UK Music and select Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing writers.
As the embattled music industry continued to morph in 2012, a few trends were clear: Players at the top of heap continued to consolidate, digital distribution and streaming became the rule, not the…
In the latest upheaval within Warner Music Group's executive suite, Cameron Strang, already chairman-CEO of WMG's Warner/Chappell Music and head of its music publishing and catalog development…
In the first major appointment at Warner/Chappell Music since the arrival of creative exec Big Jon Platt, Ben Vaughn has been named executive vp of the pubbery's Nashville operation.