Our long national nightmare of alternative birthday songs is over!

Waiters, waitresses, and everyone planning to have a birthday dinner at Applebee’s have a reason to celebrate.

No more of this:

Because yesterday, a federal judge ruled invalid the copyright for the song “Happy Birthday,” which had been generating an estimated $2 million per year in royalties for Warner/Chappel Music. The avoidance of paying royalties had been responsible for atrocities such as the Applebee’s birthday chant and countless other alternative birthday songs forced upon waitstaff and customers at large chain restaurants.