LOS ANGELES -- Looks like it's time to throw a party! There's good news about a song we all know the words to. The "Happy Birthday" song can now be sung for free.
A federal judge ruled that none of the companies that have collected royalties for the "Happy Birthday" song for the past 80 years have held a valid copyright. Until Tuesday, they've collected royalties to the tune of more than $2 million birthday bucks a year.
But this new ruling will let the wait staff legally sing "Happy Birthday" and embarrass you in front of your friends.
So, what caused this 80-year tide to finally turn?
The judge ruled the original copyright granted in 1935 only applies to certain piano arrangements of the song which means Warner/Chappell, the company that claimed to own the song, won't be making easy money every time someone blows out the candles.
No word if Warner plans to appeal, but for now, feel “free” to sing along to the birthday classic.