Monday, November 18, 2013

SiriusXm Requests Claims Reduction In Turtles Suit

Sirius XM Radio Inc. has asked a Florida federal court to trim a $100 million putative class action over allegedly illegally circulated pre-1972 recordings, saying that Florida law does not provide recording owners with public performance rights.

According to Law360, the satellite radio provider says plaintiff Flo & Eddie Inc., a company owned by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, two founding members of the rock band The Turtles, is asking the court to “radically transform” the scope of copyright protection for sound recordings under Florida state law.

Federal law does not protect the older songs but some states do extend ownership of the copyrights for those compositions,  prompting the suits in Florida plus Caluifornia and New York. A similar motion to dismiss has been filed in New York.

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