Law librarians' role in the Happy Birthday lawsuit

Law librarians already know that they contribute significantly to their organisations, but it's always great when this can be proved to others in a dramatic fashion!

The story of University of Pittsburgh law librarians Linda Tashbook and Marc Silverman is certainly a boon to the profession. The pair retrieved an old copy of The Everyday Song Book from the university's library and made it available to lawyers in the the American class-action lawsuit Good Morning To You Productions Corp. v Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. The book is being submitted as evidence that the term of copyright has expired on the song "Happy Birthday", meaning that Warner/Chappell Music is not entitled to royalties.

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