Google, Apple, Sony Hit Over Pre-1972 Songs

Law360, New York (January 23, 2015, 12:43 PM EST) -- Apple Inc., Google Inc, Sony Corp. and several other providers of online radio are now facing the same problem Sirius XM has for more than a year: class actions claiming they're illegally refusing to pay for pre-1972 recordings.

In a series of lawsuits filed first against Apple subsidiary Beats Music and then against the others throughout the day Thursday, Zenbu Magazines LLC — which owns the recording rights to 1969 track “Sin City” by a band called The Flying Burrito Brothers — says the online streaming services are violating the rights of any musicians who recorded their music prior to Feb....

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