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Goliath Never Learns: Breaking: Sirius Appeals and Turtles Sue Pandora on Pre-72

October 3, 2014

A quick note to point out that as we predicted, Sirius has announced they are appealing the ruling against them in the Turtles case–which may not put off the damages phase of the trial.  This was to be expected.

In even better news, The Turtles are now pursuing Pandora on the band’s pre72 recordings.   Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood reporter has the story:

Represented by Harvey Geller and Henry Gradstein at Gradstein & Marzano, the duo filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Thursday.

“Pandora understands that having a vast range and array of music is critical to the success of any music service which is why pre-1972 recordings constitute a significant part of the Music Service,” says the lawsuit. “Pandora offers and advertises stations dedicated to pre-1972 recordings, such as ’50s Rock n’ Roll,’ ’60s Oldies,’ ‘Motown,’ ‘Doo-Wop, ’70s Folk,’ ‘Early Jazz,’ ‘Standards,’ ‘Classic Soul,’ ‘Jam Bands,’ and ‘Classical Rock.’ ”

The lawsuit continues by mentioning all the copies being made to populate Pandora’s databases in order to stream music to the public.

“Pandora is aware that it does not have any license, right or authority to reproduce, perform, distribute or otherwise exploit via the Music Service any pre-1972 recordings (including The Turtles’ Recordings),” alleges the complaint.

According to Hypebot, Pandora’s reply was, “Hey, idiot, let us tell you something that has nothing to do with the issue because you’re stupid!”:

A Pandora spokesman responded that the company was confident in its legal position; adding that Pandora, like Sirius XM, pays songwriting royalties “on all spins, including pre-1972.”

Dogstarr Radio is a great resource for what Sirius is playing:

Sirius Roy Orbison 5/26-5/29 2014

Sirius Roy Orbison 5/26-5/29 2014

Pandora Beatles

  1. Chris Castle
    October 3, 2014 at 11:05

    Reblogged this on The Trichordist.


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