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SiriusXM Wins New York Case Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

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Billboard reports: “SiriusXM appears to have brought one dispute over the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings to conclusion. On Thursday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals told a lower court to grant the satcaster’s motion for summary judgment and dismiss with prejudice a putative class action lawsuit brought by Flo & Eddie of The Turtles. The development occurs after a New York Appeals Court ruled in December that New York’s common law doesn’t protect the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings. Meaning that broadcasters in the state probably wouldn’t have to pay to air old hits from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and others.”

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