Documentarian wipes out Warner’s $2M “Happy Birthday” copyright

Joe Mullin, reporting for Ars Technica on a glimpse of sanity across the pond:

More than two years after a documentary filmmaker challenged the copyright to the simple lyrics of the song “Happy Birthday,” a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the copyright is invalid.

Don’t hold your breath just yet, as it will likely end up in an appeals court — there’s 2M per year at stake after all. But hey, hat to District Judge George King for giving it the opportunity to do so.