Just before trial, The Turtles settle copyright suit against Sirius XM

19 11 2016
Members of 1960s rock band The Turtles sued Sirius XM in 2013, saying that even though federal copyright doesn’t apply to pre-1972 sound recordings, they deserve to get paid under state copyright laws.

The case was set to go to trial yesterday, but it appears that the two sides have worked out their disagreement. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed. The filing of settlement papers was noted by both The Hollywood Reporter and National Law Journal.

US District Judge Philip Gutierrez had already ruled that Sirius was liable under state copyright law, so the trial would have focused on how much the band should be paid. He also ruled that some types of damages, like punitive damages, would not be available to the plaintiffs. Two former band members of The Turtles, working as “Flo & Eddie,” were representing a class of thousands of owners of pre-1972 music.


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