RIAA says in copyright suit that Sirius XM doesn’t pay for classic hits

RIAA says in copyright suit that Sirius XM doesn’t pay for classic hits

The top record companies are again warring with a digital radio service , only this time it’s not Pandora. The major labels, along with some indies, filed a copyright complaint in California against Sirius XM for the alleged unauthorized use of music tracks recorded prior to 1972. The Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group representing the three largest record companies, claimed in a press release that Sirius doesn’t compensate such iconic music acts as The Four Tops, Judy Collins, Dionne Warwick and Eric Burdon for any of the songs they recorded before 1972. The RIAA says that while federal copyright law only protects songs made after 1972, California state law recognizes the copyrights of songs made before that..

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RIAA says in copyright suit that Sirius XM doesn’t pay for classic hits

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