Friday, May 24, 2024

Sirius Radio Loses Key Motion in Pre- 1972 Cases; Judge Rules Against Them; The Turtles Continue to Make Serious Inroads for Digital Royalties


EXCLUSIVE Sirius XM has lost its motion for reconsideration in the case brought against them by the Turtles over pre-1972 recordings. The satellite radio company and the Turtles, et al– meaning all artists with records played on Sirius made before February 1972–will only be “happy together” if Sirius pays them. This is a huge decision by the Central District Court of California for all digital entities who’ve used the classic rock and roll library as a free resource.

The Court had already decided against Sirius in favor of the Turtles. Sirius was asking the court reverse its original order. And that was denied.

What’s happening is a watershed for pop artists on digital platforms. All the records fans love by artists like the Beatles, Stones, Aretha, Motown, Atlantic etc — none of them were getting royalties for hits played over and over on Sirius but made before 1972. keep refreshing…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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