In a lawsuit that has been brewing for a long time, Flo & Eddie of The Turtles have been told by a California judge to proceed with their lawsuit against US satellite broadcaster. The case relates to pre-1972 recordings and if the broadcaster should (the band, unsurprisingly, insist this is the case) or shouldn’t (the broadcaster, equally unsurprisingly, insists this is the case) pay royalties.
In September, District Judge Philip Gutierrez ruled that Sirius XM was liable for copyright infringement for playing the act’s pre-1972 recordings but not paying royalties. Pandora is also facing similar challenges to its stance on pre-1972 recordings. Reuters says of the Turtles case, “Although such songs are not covered by federal copyright law, some recording artists and labels have won rulings entitling them to copyright protection under individual state laws.” The plaintiffs are seeking $100m in settlement for the alleged infringements. It successful, this could open the gates for the band’s peers to file suit against the radio company.