2nd Circ. Sends Pre-1972 Royalties Case To NY High Court

Law360, New York (April 13, 2016, 12:30 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit on Wednesday asked New York’s highest court to resolve a closely watched class action over whether radio companies like SiriusXM must pay royalties on songs recorded before 1972.

Saying the case “presents a significant and unresolved issue of New York copyright law,” the appeals court asked the New York Court of Appeals to weigh whether the state-level common law copyrights that protect those old songs provide a “right of public performance” that would require stations to pay to play them.

“Because this question...
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