Filmmaker files lawsuit over "Happy Birthday" song's copyright

CREATED Jun 15, 2013

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New York (KTNV) -- Singing one of the most popular songs in the world could cost you some serious cash. Now, someone's trying to change that.

Many people may not know that the song "Happy Birthday" is actually copyrighted.

That means if you're singing the song too big, too public, and you don't have permission, you could get fined $150,000.

Now, a documentary film company has filed a lawsuit to return the song to the public domain, so anyone can use the song anytime.

They may have a big fight in front of them.

The company that currently owns the rights to the song, makes about $2 million a year off of it.