Indie music agency Merlin has settled its dispute with US firm XM Satellite Radio over the Pioneer Inno device, which let listeners record and play back songs from the satellite radio broadcasts. Major labels settled with XM in 2007 and 2008, but Merlin hasn’t been able to reach an agreement until now – with XM now a part of merged company Sirius XM. Merlin was part of a class action from independent labels, with the new settlement involving $3.6 million being paid out to rightsholders. “This is an important settlement, not just for Merlin’s members, but also, I am pleased to say, for the independent community at large,” says Merlin CEO Charles Caldas.

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