Copyright

'Happy Birthday' is finally returned to public ownership

After a protracted legal fight, the owners of the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ will no longer receive royalties every time the tune is sung in films or in public. But strict ownership laws for music remain, reports Hazel Sheffield

Did Jay Z and Timbaland steal this hook?

Attorneys for Jay Z have claimed the rapper properly acquired the rights to an Egyptian musician's melody to use for his hit 1999 song Big Pimpin', as a trial in a longstanding copyright lawsuit got underway.

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