Fights Over Pre-1972 Songs Show Need For Federal Fix

Law360, New York (September 17, 2013, 9:48 PM ET) -- Recent battles over copyright protections for pre-1972 sound recordings — including the rash of cases against satellite radio giant Sirius XM — highlight the legal uncertainty surrounding songs governed by state laws. The time might be right for Congress to bring the golden oldies under federal law.

The states, rather than the federal government, have copyright jurisdiction for songs recorded before 1972, which has created a legal patchwork that the U.S. Copyright Office has already pushed to end. The huge class actions pending over thousands of songs and millions...
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