Apple's Beats Music Sued Over Pre-1972 Records

By Bill Donahue (January 22, 2015, 6:30 PM EST) -- Apple Inc. streaming subsidiary Beats Music is now facing the same problem Sirius XM has for more than a year: a class action claiming the music service is illegally refusing to pay for pre-1972 recordings.

A lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court claims that online music streaming service, which was acquired by Apple last year along with the rest of Beats Electronics for $3 billion, is violating the rights of any musicians who recorded their music prior to Feb. 15, 1972.

Why that date? Because when Congress updated copyright law in 1972 to create protection for sound recordings, it didn't...

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