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"Copyright and the World's Most Popular Song"
Appendices, Documents and Sound Recordings

This page contains text and links to PDF document files (and a few mp3 sound files) relating to the history of the song "Happy Birthday to You," as explored in my article "Copyright and the World's Most Popular Song."
That article has been published at 56 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA 335 (2009). A draft of the article is available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1111624

I have continued to learn things about the history of the song after the publication of the article. A web page containing addenda and errata for the article is available at http://docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb/rbrauneis/happybirthdayaddenda.htm

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Outline of Contents

Appendices


  • Appendix 1: Tracing Ownership of Copyright
  • Appendix 2: A Summary and Comparison Chart of Royalties Paid on "Happy Birthday to You"
  • Appendix 3: A Chart of ASCAP Royalties Paid on "Happy Birthday to You"
  • Appendix 4: A Chart of Non-ASCAP Royalties Paid on "Happy Birthday to You"

Documents (and a few sound recordings)

Inter Partes Litigation


  • Jessica Hill v. Sam H. Harris Theatrical Enterprises, Inc., et al
  • Jessica Hill v. Federal Broadcasting Corporation, et al.
  • The Hill Foundation, Inc. v. Clayton F. Summy Co.
  • The Hill Foundation, Inc. v. Postal Telegraph-Cable Company
  • Newman v. Clayton F. Summy Co.

Wills, Trusts, and Probate Matters


  • Mary Downing Hill
  • William Wallace Hill
  • Patty Smith Hill
  • Jessica Mateer Hill
  • Archibald Alexander Hill

Copyright Office Documents


  • Registrations
  • Recorded Transfers

Musical Scores and Sound Recordings

Pre-1935 References to the HBTY Lyrics in Conjunction with the GMTA melody

Other Documents

Photographs

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Appendices


Documents (and a few sound recordings)

Inter Partes Litigation

• Jessica Hill v. Sam H. Harris, et al., Equity No. 78-350 (S.D.N.Y., complaint filed August 14, 1934)


• Jessica Hill v. Federal Broadcasting Corporation, et al., Equity No. 79-312 (S.D.N.Y., complaint filed January 21, 1935)


• The Hill Foundation, Inc. v. Clayton F. Summy Co., Civil No. 19-377 (S.D.N.Y., complaint filed October 15, 1942)


• The Hill Foundation, Inc. v. Postal Telegraph-Cable Company, Civil No. 20-439 (S.D.N.Y., complaint filed March 2, 1943)


• Elizabeth Newman v. Clayton F. Summy Co., Civil No. 16-124 (S.D.N.Y., removed from state court October 18, 1941) (This case does not concern "Good Morning to All" or "Happy Birthday to You," but reveals some facts about the Clayton F. Summy Company.)


Wills, Trusts, and Probate Matters

• Mary Downing Hill


• William Wallace Hill

  1922-23


  1939


• Patty Smith Hill


• Jessica Mateer Hill


• Archibald Alexander Hill


Copyright Office Documents

• Registrations


• Recorded Assignments and Licenses


Musical Scores and Sound Recordings


Pre-1935 References to the HBTY Lyrics in Conjunction with the GMTA melody