2nd Circ. Finalizes New York Pre-1972 Song Ruling

Law360, New York (February 16, 2017, 2:29 PM EST) -- The Second Circuit on Thursday made official what New York’s highest court said in December: that state law does not require radio companies like Sirius XM to pay millions in new royalties to play songs recorded before 1972.

The ruling is a formality but one that brings to a close a big chapter in yearslong, nationwide litigation over whether radio stations and online streamers must start paying millions in new so-called performance royalties for the old songs.

The Second Circuit, dealing with a suit filed against...
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