Pre-1972 'Remaster' Ruling Heads To 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (June 28, 2016, 12:24 PM EDT) -- Song owners who filed class action litigation against CBS over so-called pre-1972 recordings are heading to the Ninth Circuit to challenge a novel ruling last month that “remastered” versions of old tracks played over the airwaves aren't even pre-1972 songs in the first place.

On Monday, ABS Entertainment — a music catalog owner that filed the case against CBS — appealed the May 30 decision to the Ninth Circuit, setting the stage for a major appellate ruling on whether AM/FM radio operators like CBS must pay millions in new royalties for the old tunes.

Like many other radio operators, CBS has...

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