IHeart Radio Beats Pre-1972 Song Suit In Ill.

By Bill Donahue (June 5, 2017, 4:40 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed out a class action aimed at forcing radio giant iHeartMedia Inc. to start paying royalties for pre-1972 sound recordings, ruling that any copyright protection afforded by the state's common law is extinguished when a song is published.

The decision is the latest in yearslong nationwide litigation over whether radio stations and online streaming services must start paying millions in new royalties for the old songs, which are excluded from the federal copyright system and are instead covered by a patchwork of state common law.

In dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp...

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