Sirius XM Must License Pre-1972 Songs, The Turtles Says

By Vin Gurrieri (June 10, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT) -- Two founding members of American rock band The Turtles urged a California federal judge on Monday to rule that songs recorded prior to 1972 are protected under state copyright law, in a $100 million putative class action accusing Sirius XM Radio Inc. of illegally broadcasting the songs without licenses.

Plaintiffs Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan said that Sirius XM has misappropriated pre-1972 songs by the band and other artists in violation of California civil law, which grants protection to songs recorded prior to 1972 that aren't covered by the federal Copyright Act, according to a motion for summary judgment.

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