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Some IP stories you may have missed over the holiday period

Michael Loney


Interesting intellectual property stories in the final two weeks of 2016 included an important New York ruling on pre-1972 sound recordings, Qualcomm being fined in Korea and making patent licence deals in China, the USTR revealing its 2016 Notorious Markets List, and two lawyers being indicted for an “elaborate scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in copyright lawsuit settlements”

With many of our readers taking time off over the end-of-year period, you may have missed intellectual property stories that broke during that time. We round up some of the most interesting ones below.

New York issues pre-1972 sound recordings ruling

SiriusXM was given a big win on December 20 by a New York appeals court in a case brought by Flo & Eddie of 1960s band The Turtles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The court ruled New York’s common law does not protect public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings.

Flo & Eddie of The Turtles filed litigation under state laws in New York, California and Florida, alleging SiriusXM needed their authorisation to play their songs. Sound recordings after February 15 1972 are protected under federal copyright law but songs before that date are not.

"But in 2014, Flo & Eddie scored a massive victory in California before gaining...




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