Sirius Pre-'72 Judge Says She'll Weigh Unearthed NY Ruling

Law360, New York (December 4, 2014, 2:11 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge said Wednesday that she hadn't considered a decades-old court decision unearthed recently by SiriusXM when she ruled last month that New York state law requires the satcaster to pay to play pre-1972 records — and that it might require her to rethink the ruling.

Sirius is facing lawsuits around the country over the old recordings — which are covered by state laws, not federal copyright — and U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon's ruling last month was the latest in a string of decisions saying the company likely needs to start paying to perform them.

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