Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

Apr 17, 2014

Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the Beatles' "Hey Jude" are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York.

In the lawsuit filed in New York state court, the labels say artists and labels have been deprived of tens of millions of dollars every year by services such as Pandora Media Inc.

Pandora streams songs randomly according to artists or genres like "Motown" or "'60s Oldies."

The labels also sued satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc. last year in a similar case.

Oakland, California-based Pandora said in a statement that it "is confident in its legal position and looks forward to a quick resolution of this matter."

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Doug_Huffman
not rated yet Apr 17, 2014
More copyright trolling. The RIAA is abashed to learn that their market regards the product as worth stealing only, and now trolls the archives for capital.

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